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How to Get Skinny

So you want to get skinny. You want to lose weight. Losing weight is great, but before you embark on getting skinny you first need to picture what you really mean by getting skinny. It is important that you have a clear idea about what you have in mind so that you can set a clear and achievable goal.

HOW TO GET SKINNY: YOUR BODY TYPE

Generally when people talk about skinny people they are thinking about people with an ectomorphic body type. These people have little fat, little muscle and a delicate bone structure. Ectomorphs are either naturally skinny or it is straightforward for them to get skinny, e.g. Taylor Swift and Eva Mendes respectively. However, there are two other body types. Mesomorphs naturally build muscle and can gain fat quickly, but also lose fat relatively easy. Examples include Anna Kournikova, Janet Jackson and Jessica Biel. Endomorphic people have a body type that means they struggle to control the body fat percentage and have to work really hard at losing weight. Beyonce and Scarlett Johansson are endomorphs. Each of these three body types gains and loses weight with varying levels of ease. When planning to get skinny remember:

  • What getting skinny means to you should depend on your body type. If you have an endomorphic body your skinny goal should not be Kate Moss, Eva Mendes or Taylor Swift (ectomorphs), but someone with an endomorphic body build.
  • Being realistic means that you will achieve your goals and drop the fat, get rid of the wobbly bits and have a firm, lean body like Scarlett Johansson, Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez. The same goes for the other body types. Are you a mesomorph? Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Aniston are great examples. Determine your body type and find out who your skinny role model is. You CAN get skinny; just remember that it should mean different things to different people.
  • Healthiness trumps skinniness. Therefore, your first and overriding goal should be to maintain or improve health. Your goal to get skinny should come second. Ensure that all your plans are consistent with this principle.

HOW TO GET SKINNY TIPS

1. Determine your body type and choose a realistic role model. You can use the body type calculator to help you.

2. Determine and keep track of your body fat percentage. Ensure that you maintain a healthy level of body fat. Too little body fat can be just a dangerous as too much body fat, especially for women and even more so for young women. Ideally you should get your body fat percentage measured professionally. To get a ROUGH idea you can use the body fat calculator- but still get measured!

3. Determine your ideal weight based on your body type.

4. Create a calorie deficit by lowering your caloric intake by 15 – 20% below what you normally need to maintain your weight. You can use the calorie calculator to find out your calorie needs. Steer clear of crash dieting and extremely low calorie intakes to avoid triggering your starvation protection mechanism.

5. Zig-zag calorie intake (calorie rotation), i.e. change your calorie intake every few days. For example, you can have 3 low calorie days followed by 1 higher calorie day. This will keep your body guessing, avoid weight loss plateaus and reduces the likelihood of cheating.

6. Eat 5 – 6 small meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism high and to avoid cheating.

7. Cardiovascular exercise is an absolute requirement. If you want to get skinny and toned, and avoid looking skinny fat, you have to exercise. Exercise will increase the calorie deficit you have created through diet to increase weight loss and also creates a better body. Dieting gets rid of fat, but it does not create a stunning body – exercise does. Exercise will improve muscle tone and increase your metabolism. The boost in metabolism is important, because dieting DECREASES metabolism. Exercise will help counteract that decrease, as well as improve your cardiovascular fitness and general health. Try a weight loss exercise plan based around cardio.

8. To get skinny and look great you need to do resistance training. Dieting usually causes loss of muscle mass, which decreases metabolism, as muscle is metabolically active. Therefore, resistance training will help stave off the loss of muscle that usually occurs and increase metabolism. Furthermore, if you lose muscle you’re more likely to look skinny fat and suffer with cellulite. It is muscle that gives the body a healthy, shapely and tight contour. For example, anyone with nice legs also has to have great leg muscles, which gives those legs shape; otherwise they look unhealthy, shapeless and wobbly.

9. Learn how to run. Running is an excellent to get skinny, fit and fabulous. It is a guaranteed way to get skinny fast. Try a beginners running program.

10. Check out Visual Impact. This program is geared at weight loss, getting slim and toned, while avoiding looking overtrained and muscular. There is Visual Impact for Women the goal of which is to create a slim feminine physique and Visual Impact for Men, which aims for a slim, muscular, “GQ” look à la Brad Pitt, High Jackman and Taylor Lautner.

11. Add HIIT (high-intensity interval training) to your exercise routine. This is a sure-fire way to blast fat and get skinny. It is a weight loss magic bullet. HIIT involves short bouts of intense exercise separated by short periods of recovery. In all HIIT only lasts about 20 minutes. However, studies suggest it is more effective than a steady-state 40-minute workout. Your metabolism stays elevated for up to 24 hours afterwards. Research also shows that HIIT may burn up to 9x more fat than regular exercise. HIIT works best when you mix it up with traditional cardio. For example, if you exercise 5 days a week, do 2 sessions of HIIT on non-consecutive days.

Remember, before you start a new nutritional and/ or exercise program clear it with your doctor. If you have any questions about healthy weight loss and body fat percentages your doctor will be happy to help.

For more tips, see the infographic below on how to get skinny. Like this? Check out the infographic on how to lose belly fat.

How to Get Skinny

65 comments

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH IT HELPS ME A LOT

  2. Thanks heaps! I found this to be very helpful.

  3. I love this tips!!!!!! : )

  4. I have a nice tip

    You can ride a bike about 10min it will help you to
    Lose weight,drink 6 cups of water a day,dont eat fast food
    Very much! There is some tips about losing weight}

    -jumping in the rope
    -swimming
    -riding th bike
    -running
    -walking
    -football
    -Stretching
    -eating special K Bar
    -green tea
    -skating

  5. Thank u so much this is very useful.

  6. Thx alot! :L it really didnt hlp. U no y? Cuz ur uzing sientific wrds. By!

  7. Running releases “endomorphs” ??? Do you mean endorphins? Who wrote this?

  8. Hey hey.
    Make sure to keep your liver healthy( it breaks down
    The fat). Drink water and put some lemon juice
    Virgin olive oil. And pure garlic oil.
    Drink once a day befor a meal to clean out
    Your liver

  9. thnkzzzz a lot…….

  10. This is great information. Thanks for putting it together. Will refer back often, I’m sure.

  11. Hai. This is really helpful. Kbye.

  12. Geezzz! why is everyone on here so rude???

  13. Being skinny isn’t everything :) There is a lot more to being a happy, fit and healthy individual. You do have some really good advice but please don’t forget that being skinny really isn’t everything!

  14. @ leah – a lot of them are rude because they’re trying to lose weight, have low blood sugar and are cranky, myself included! LOL.

  15. Pretty good I like this alot. Im not that old but i still want to lose weight its good for all ages!

  16. Thanks so much! I am a cheerleader, soccer player, and a model so I try to keep slim. Not really loosing weight……… more like gaining muscle …should I quit soccer to loose muscle :l (dont know if thats good or bad) hahaha

    Also because my mom is always on my back saying thast I need to loose weight. I am 5’8 and 125. Is that normal?

    I didnt have enough time to read this.When I tryed to print it it only printed half the page…haha… But can you give me 10 or more big pointers for “Getting Skinny”

    Thanks ahead for who ever answers!

    • Hi Mikayela. Just wanted to let tell you that I am 5′ 7″ and the ideal weight for this height is around 145 pounds. So at your height and weight, you would be considered underweight. However, if this is YOUR happy weight, then you are just fine where you are at. Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you are suppose to weigh. Hope this helps!

    • Mikayela, back when I was 16 thru 23 years old, 5’8″ and 118-125 lbs I was medically considered underweight. Technically you can’t even donate blood because of that ratio! It sounds like you are active, having fun and staying healthy. Like Kat said Your Happy Weight sounds like it fits you right now. Soccer and cheerleading is keeping your heart and bones healthy for the future and giving you muscle to keep yourself strong. Don’t worry about trying to lose anything else on purpose! Keep eating and sleeping healthy, refer back to the ideas on this page and you’ve got it made. :-)

  17. Ok so guys can you help me im extremly fat and i want to lose weight what should i do. My butts big

  18. I have been over weight for some time now, but I started to lose it when I documented my weekly diet and exercise routine with a goal sheet and included in my weight loss goal sheet protein bars for breakfast, lunch and sometimes a snack. I also started eating healthy low calorie meals for dinner. It is life saving. I was able to plan in advance my diet and exercise routine and it helped me to stay on track. I was also able to identify one of my biggest weight loss obstacles which was night time snacking. So once you start to recognize your pitfalls you can then find solutions to overcome them,

  19. dang yalls thise works a lot ever sense my big sis started using it she lost a lot of pounds and im proud of her thank u so much

  20. The only two I do not agree with are the “early dinner” and the “breakfast” part. I’m a night person, and by 8pm I’m still very much active. I usually have a brunch instead of a separate breakfast and a separate lunch. However, I do try to not eat a heavy dinner about two or three hours before going to bed, and that does works for me.

  21. i love to read this stuff helps alot i think u aree absolutely rite thanks

  22. I love the stretching idea…. It really helps!!! Man, am I skinny now! :D ;)

  23. thank you so much,that helped a lot!

  24. I found this information to be accurate. Very Helpful!!! Thank you :)

  25. everyday before sleeping after ur meal drink hot water+lemon

    and whenever ur hungry eat cucumber because cucumber has 0 calorie

  26. Hello! Well my type of body is an ectomorph, i’ve always been skinny, but 3 to 4 years ago I started running track (I was a sprinter) because of that I gained a lot of muscles in my thighs and claves. I was wondering what could I do to loose all that muscle? What type of exercises and is it ok to ride bike?
    Thank you very much for your help :)

    • Hi Daniela,
      Endurance running, i.e. running at a steady pace for a longer distance, will help slim down bulky legs. Cycling tends to really work the leg muscles and because you’re working against resistance (pushing against the pedal) it’s unlikely to be as effective as running and may even increase muscle mass if you’re not cycling on flat terrain in low gear. Read this article on how to slim thighs and how to slim calves. Hope this helps!

  27. what do you do if someone says ur skinny but u dont see it?

  28. I’m not fat…=)
    But I want to become more more slim..

  29. Thank you so much for making this site. It’s incredibly helpful and explains everything so clearly. There’s nothing judgemental or superficial about it, just plain facts alongside sincere encouragement. I so appreciate all that you put into this.

  30. Bouncing also works be cuz I eat a lot and when I’m bored I bounce on my yoga ball and by a few days I lost a few pound . Now I weigh 106 lbs

  31. Thank you so much, finally a program that doesn’t contain any kind of taking pills to get skinnier! THANK YOU!!

  32. Thanks. This is a very useful and well organised site. I appreciate having all this info in an easy to follow format that’s easy to keep referring back to as I progress. I find it hard to stay consistently motivated during the time it takes to loose weight! I know it’s entirely up to me to make wise choices but this site, and particularly the poster/chart, goes a long way toward helping me stay focused. It reminds me that the goal I’ve set is realistic for my body type and how good it will be to achieve it. I very much appreciated there being no push to buy a subscription, program or potion! Just plain straight factual advice. Thank you :).

  33. I just read this and I hope it helps! I read most of the comments and they mostly say it works so i’m excited to lose weight!!

  34. I want to lose fat near to my breast,and side fat frm waist,pls give me sme tips

    • Hi Navi,
      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you can’t spot reduce with exercise. When you lose fat by exercising you can’t lose it from the specific place you want. Most of the information out there, including from reputable fitness magazines, suggests that exercising a specific body part (e.g. lunges to burn leg fat, crunches to lose belly fat and triceps exercises to burn the fat at the back of your upper arms, etc.) can burn fat from those places. It doesn’t. The burn you feel when you’re doing exercises that target that body part doesn’t come from burning fat, it comes from working the muscles really hard. In other words you’re not losing fat, you’re gaining muscle. There’s nothing wrong with these exercises, in fact they’re an important part of any workout plan. Unfortunately, the burn you get from these exercises has been used to confuse people with fat burning.
      The only way to lose a significant amount of fat is by doing cardiovascular exercise such as running, jogging, cycling, dancing, swimming, etc. Body specific exercises are basically strength training moves and are primarily used to build muscle and strength. Like I mentioned earlier, you can’t lose weight from a specific place with cardio or with strength training exercises.
      However, there is an exception to this rule (isn’t there always!?). Research does suggest that you can sort of spot reduce with diet. A Mediterranean style diet has been shown to help reduce belly fat and slim the waist line. There are some foods that can help burn belly fat and other foods are thought to increase belly fat (read more about the best foods to lose belly fat here and food swaps to belly fat). I hope this helps!

    • i want to do that as well

  35. i lost 5 kilograms in 2 weeks

  36. Thanks for the helpful information. I can’t wait to use it!

  37. thankyou for your great help i would like to try this out and see how i go. :P

  38. thank you for this website i think i will look forward to losing weight :P

  39. heyyyyyy guys am currently doing this program and i am liking what i am seeing i have lost 10 kilos in 4 weeks this program is really helping me.:)

  40. wow guys all of your advice is amazing and i am taking it all on board so that i can loose weight and have fun at the same time. and yes Ashley you are right being skinny isn’t everything but it is better if you are some of the nicest people i know are obese .:P :):)

  41. People who haven’t got big bones are skinny but people who have big bones genteticlly are a little chubby so yeah xx

  42. Don’t worry if u have got big bones it is genetic not a prob xoxo

  43. Ok so I have a body type that has lots of fat around the legs what really helps?

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