Can You Be Fat and Still Fit?

Is it possible to be fat and still fit? Recent studies suggest that an overweight person doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy. According to a study by the National Cancer Institute in 2012, overweight people lived longer than thinner individuals.


Another study showed that some obese people have a healthy metabolism. This means their cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels were within the healthy range. They have less chance of getting cancer or heart disease than people with normal weight.


Healthy Body - Fat or Thin


Doctors are now looking at the possibility that fat people who exercise regularly could be healthy. As long as the person exercises, one should not use one’s weight to determine fitness.


Muscles consume most of the sugar in the human body. More muscle mass could lower the levels of excess sugar in the bloodstream. Regular exercise can also reduce inflammation within the heart and other parts of the cardiovascular system. It also prevents clotting in the bloodstream. As a result, blood flows better and there’s a lower chance of forming deadly clots.


Exercise and a balanced diet can lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the liver. Obese and overweight people who exercise can also improve the health of their metabolism even if they don’t lose weight.


Keep in mind that knowing that you can still be fit when fat doesn’t give you the excuse to gain unnecessary weight. Being overweight can increase stress on your joints, and would make you less interested in being active.


When given the choice, you should consider not being obese. However, if you are someone who struggles with maintaining the right weight, then you should exercise to stay fit even when you are fat.