1. The perception of extra weight that comes up when looking down at your stomach or thighs. This angle makes them it look bulgier and you can see all of the "hills and valleys" on your stomach/thighs.

2. When someone wears baggy clothing that makes them look heavier than they really are.

3. When your jeans have shrunken in the dryer, making your jeans significantly tighter, giving you the sudden panic of gaining a few pounds.

4. When someone has a round/chubby face but a thin body which automatically makes you think that they are fat in your head.
Emma: *looking down at body* ugh look how bulgy my thighs are
Grace: um are you serious! they are totally not!
look in the mirror! It's just fake fat.

Helen: Omg I totally thought she was like 20 pounds heavier than she actually is until I saw her in a swimsuit. Her clothes are sooo unflattering add they add sooo much fake fat.

Hannah: Eeeek! These pants fit last week! I must have gained like 10 pounds because they are totally too tight now! OMG I have to go on my diet for like 2 weeks more than i planned to!
Mom: Relax honey. They shrunk in the wash. It's just fake fat.

Alex: I think she is like 120/130 pounds.
Mona: No way! she is 110 tops! it looks like she is fat because her face is kinda chubby.
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The phenomenon where a person (usually dude) who might appear somewhat athletic or muscular at a cursory glance... but upon closer inspection, you see they have no muscle whatsoever, and instead, have fat that lays in such a way that deceptively makes them look pseudo-muscular. Similar to how "skinny fat" people aren't really skinny, Fake Fat Muscle people aren't really muscular.

There are several proofs to this: 1) the person has no vascularity, or even any actual muscular development, and if they were to flex or strain or lift a weight, they still don't actually look different. Why would they? It's all just fat. There's no muscle there to flex.
2) The person doesn't actually workout. Sometimes they go to the gym, but it's a pretense. Their workout amounts to nothing. They could instead lay on the couch and they would have the same end result appearance. Fake fat muscle types are at most, weekend warriors.
3) Similar to skinny fat and ILS (imaginary lat syndrome) this person is presenting themselves dishonestly, and in keeping with that, they'll often wear either tank tops, muscle tee, or shmedium T-shirts to try and accentuate their fake fat muscles.

These pretenders shrink in the presence of real men, and usually do a subtle scurry out of the gym when the real lifters arrive, so as to not be exposed as frauds by comparison.
I thought that dude had a decent physique until I took a second glance and realized it's all fake fat muscle.
by Too Many Drones May 24, 2019
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