Can You Be Fit AND Fat? | Men's Health Magazine Australia

Can You Be Fit AND Fat?


The guys I train with are super fit, but some of them have bellies. Can a person be fit and fat?



It’s what inside that counts. If quality muscle lies under that gut, your mates may fall into a group known as the “metabolically healthy obese”.


These fat-fit guys carry what looks like unhealthy body fat, but their risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes is lower than an unfit obese person’s.


Still, they’re not immune to other obesity-related conditions like sleep apnoea and depression, warns David Mutch, of the University of Guelph in Canada.


The silver lining: a recent study found that men who stayed or became fit – regardless of their BMI – were less likely to die of cancer than unfit men.

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