Weight Loss Support - What Does the Word 'Lean' Mean to You?

02-15-2008, 08:08 PM
I just bought another magazine and the word 'lean' is on the cover. For some reason that word has been bouncing around in my head ever since.

What do you think about when you think of the word LEAN?

02-15-2008, 08:12 PM

It's better then saying skinny, thin, right? It takes the emphasis away from appearance while still referring to an absence of fat.

02-15-2008, 08:13 PM
A lean person or a lean piece of chicken? :lol:

If it's a person, I think of them as muscular, but on the smaller side.

If it's a piece of chicken, I think of chicken sans the fat. :)

02-15-2008, 08:14 PM
Strong and non-jiggly, but not necessarily thin.

02-15-2008, 08:22 PM
I think of a steak. (you wanted honesty, right!?) ;)

02-15-2008, 08:29 PM
I think of a swimmer. A swimmer has muscles, but they are not huge body-builder muscles. A swimmer is also typically thin. So, toned and thin. Yeah. Not anorexic-skinny, but the next step up.

02-15-2008, 08:32 PM
Funny this came up today. I read the label on Jenny-O turkey sausage package labeled lean. 160 calories per link. 90 calories fat. Somehow that's not my idea of lean.

Lean. as far as a person, makes me think of thin and strong.

02-15-2008, 08:45 PM
Lean, in a person or in food I eat means low fat %. So, take the "ideal" BF% for your age/gender and then go 5%+ below that. :) I think of that as "lean"--so lean for me means muscular sans much extra body fat.

02-15-2008, 09:02 PM
I think of a gymnast.

Actually I think of my brother in law who is tall, muscular, but thin. Just shy of being "wiry".


02-15-2008, 09:21 PM
Lean to me is strong and muscular (not necessarily ripped, but defined) and having a lower body fat percentage

02-15-2008, 09:56 PM
What I want to be.

02-15-2008, 10:32 PM
What I used to be.

02-16-2008, 06:32 AM
an absence of fat .... I like that one

02-16-2008, 07:54 AM
When I think of someone lean, I think of someone who is fit and toned.

02-16-2008, 09:04 AM
Strangely, when I think of lean, I think of something that's weak and starving. You know, like Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean. I think of poor Jack Sprat not getting any food to eat because he wife was eating everything in sight.

I prefer the word "slim" as opposed to lean, thin, skinny. But all of those words to me denote somebody who just IS thin, not somebody who actually works at it or has a level of fitness.

And while we're on the subject... What do you think of the word CURVY? This is another word that appears in magazines all of the time lately.....

02-16-2008, 10:34 AM
I always think of Lean as someone that is tall and slender without a lot of curves. Not particulary muscular, but without much body fat.

When I see Curvy, I think of voluptuous. Rounder hips and thighs, smaller waist, bigger bust.

When I look at myself, I see myself falling somewhere between these 2 words.

02-16-2008, 01:06 PM
Lean Cuisine and lean steak came to mind. lol

02-16-2008, 02:55 PM
Lean = Taut. Tight. Fat-free.

02-16-2008, 08:44 PM
I'm kind of straight so maybe I could be lean with a little more muscle and a little less fat.

Skinny seems negative to me too. Unhealthy thin and stringy.

The model on the cover of Mar/Apr Muscle & Fitness Hers has rounder hips and more of a waist indentation. She's probably lean and curvy.