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Can You Be Fit And Fat?

Author : Phil Tucker

Our culture tells us that being fat means that you are unhealthy and going to die sooner than everybody else. That we need to diet like maniacs, that our goal is to be skinny and that once we achieve a skinny body we will be healthy and live forever, bursting with energy and all smiles as we high five our neighbors en route to the gym. Is this true however? Can you be fit and fat? Is there more at play here than simple pounds or do we need to lose that weight no matter what? In today's article we take a look at the reality of the situation, and tell you whether you need to be focusing on losing weight, or something even more important.

First, let's make a distinction. When we talk fat, we do not mean obese. Obese means that your Body Mass Index is over 30, and at that point your weight begins to directly impact your health for the worse. Your fitness id directly reduced by your weight, and you increase dramatically the risk for diabetes and heart disease. So if you are obese, you need to lose weight, plain and simple.

For everybody else however that is under the BMI of 30, but not thin, they can be considered overweight but not obese. Do these people need to lose weight? It's not so simple. You can be overweight and fit, which is better than being skinny and unfit. If you are overweight and exercise about 150 minutes a week, then you have half the risk of death than normal weight people who don't exercise. What this points out to is that being overweight isn't the real problem, but lack of fitness.

If you are fit and overweight, you can still have normal levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. This means exercising frequently and ensuring that you are physically active despite being overweight. Also, getting fit is often a more realistic goal for people than losing weight, as most people find it impossible to lose diet but have more control over their exercise habits.

This does not mean that it's ok to be overweight. Being heavy brings its own risks, and the heavier you're are the more trouble you will be. If you are not eating correctly than odds are that you are not getting the right nutrition, which can lead to serious problems in and of itself.

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