Acronyms are a part of our daily life now that texting seems to be the primary way that we communicate. TOFI is one of my favorites. Have you heard of it? It stands for Thin on the Outside, Fat on the Inside, also known as being “Skinny Fat”.

We live in a thin-obsessed culture focusing on the wrong things. Many people, particularly women, exclusively look at the number on the scale. This is a huge mistake. While the scale can be a useful tool, that’s all it is–a tool. It has limitations because most scales do not show body composition. How much lean muscle and fat you have is a crucial health factor. So yes, your weight can be just perfect for your height, but you could have way too much visceral fat, making you thin on the outside but fat on the inside!

Visceral fat is the fat that surrounds your vital organs. It’s the imagesdangerous fat because it contributes to heart disease, and produces inflammatory markers. While obese people have both subcutaneous fat (that’s the more visible, squishy fat) and visceral fat, thin people, too, can have a large amount of visceral fat. Don’t be fooled!

So if you’re thin and your diet is crappy and you don’t exercise but love the number on the scale, be warned…… might be TOFI. Being healthy is most important!

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