Help me tone my flabby body.
November 29, 2008 8:22 PM Subscribe
Is there any way to tone my "skinny fat" body without hitting the gym?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (28 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 24-year-old female: I weigh 108 lbs at 5'0", and I comfortably wear sizes 0/2/XS, but I want to look great in a bikini for the holidays. Currently, I'm a bit uncomfortable with the levels of flab...
Turns out, my body fat ratio is about 25%. I know that the only sensible way to fix that would be working out, but I am stuck studying for exams/working in my lab every day until Christmas day, and there will be no way for me to work out for the next couple of weeks. Also, I truly hate working out, and exercise makes me tired and ravenously hungry--occasionally I get motivated (I ran decent 10Ks back in April) and love the results I see, but I won't have time to train until next year. Currently, I commute daily on my bike, but other than that I am in terrible shape.
I don't eat very much in terms of calories, a mostly vegan diet which revolves heavily around legumes & whole grains, green vegetables and tasty, tasty pears, with meat once a week and dairy approximately twice a week (eating vegan turned out to be pretty much the only way to keep my problematic skin clear). I don't eat any sugar other than fruit, and only eat refined flour with homemade egg pasta on my dairy days. I try to drink less Coke Zero these days, but I probably don't drink as much water as I should. I am also addicted to my daily vitamin/protein supplement shake.
I could stand to lose a few more pounds, but my body seems to have comfortably settled at its current weight regardless of how much/how little I eat.
What can I do (that doesn't involve working out) over the next few weeks to lose some of the fat as opposed to my already non-existent muscles?