Can you be fat and fit?
Many people imagine that athletes are skinny people without a gram of fat, but more than once they are surprised when a ‘fat’ person passes them in a race of foot, bike, or swim and wonder how I can win that belly or that butt?
Can you be fat and fit?
The truth is that it is more common than we imagine those famous athletes present with a body mass index (BMI) of overweight (above 25) and higher percentages of fat than a fit person. However, she is in a fit and healthy physique and is much faster than skinny people with an athletic appearance
If we turn the question, we realize that the opposite is completely normal: can you be thin and unfit? Of course, you know more than one man with a slender body and an athletic “look” who cannot run more than 100 meters or climb the stairs at once, either because he does not exercise Or because he smokes or not. Take care of himself – healthy eating and living habits.
So this time we will advocate for people who exercise 5-7 hours a week, who follow a healthy diet without strict diets, and who are healthy but wondering if they should do something to lose a few kilos. And cut some sizes and “look” like “good” athletes.
Does it have to fit fat people getting thinner? It depends that most of us have genes that predispose us to weight, height, and a certain physical condition, throughout life we can “avoid” our genes, a good childhood diet can make you a little taller than a bad diet, but No matter how well your parents feed you, they won’t be able to reach two meters if your genes are low.
The same is happening with weight, we are increasingly clear that genes can be altered, but with a lot of will. It’s not easy to “control” a body that tends to the female curves or tummy, once you neglect yourself, stop eating healthy, or training, your genes give you back the body you came with as a standard. Conversely, a person who is very thin is difficult to gain weight, or gain muscle mass, and even if he eats all the time, he will not be able to gain grams without willpower, training, and a specific diet.
I would divide the “fat fit” into several groups:
- The ‘healthy plump’ group, most come in, that cyclist with tummies who always beats you, or that big girl who crosses the finish line in front of you. They are not actually obese, they are healthy people who enjoy eating. They have ‘chain curves’, they are on the verge of gaining weight, they have excellent health and they know that in order to lose kilograms they have to follow strict diets that do not benefit them because they leave them without physical and mental energy, so they accept themselves as they are and continue to progress to thinness Because they train more than them.
- The “strong fat” group are people whose BMI is greater than 25 because they have a large muscle mass. They are “big and strong” and have huge, heavy muscles and very low body fat. When it comes to sports, they can have an advantage over skinny people because of their muscular strength, especially at short distances, but they push it on downhills and over long distances.
- A group of “obese and slender people”. The least numerous and the most enigmatic in genetics, are people who are really overweight, due to excess weight and fat, even though their blood lipid levels are usually normal and they don’t have to overeat. They likely have the “good fat” genes, from periods of starvation. In sports, they have amazing agility and endurance, they can even run a marathon slowly and at their own pace.
And what about plump joints?
Most athletes are concerned about extra weight, not only because of their body image and because it can reduce agility or speed, but also because kilograms overload joints, especially in high-impact sports like running, tennis, basketball, and football, but also not so important in low-impact sports. The impact such as swimming, cycling, rowing, weights, etc. It should be kept in mind that thin people also get injured, often because their muscles are weak and cannot withstand the stress of training, which is why a good warm-up is more important when it comes to avoiding injuries, and good training in both. Quality and quantity, and do the stretching when finished. Whatever your weight.
How can a “chubby” lose weight?
With the usual changing diet and exercise. The advantage is that the more weight, the more calories are burned per hour and exercise. That is, kilograms weigh, and moving them requires extra work. To lose weight, you have to reduce the number of calories, divide the intake into small meals, and it works as long as your usual diet is not too low in calories because then you will have to “trick” the body and make a radical change of diet. The other 50% of weight loss for “fat athletes” consists of variable training. Most of them are very routine, either they enjoy weights that have very little cardio, or vice versa, they are cardio resistant and you don’t want to know anything about their muscles. a combination of cardio and toning, which changes the usual rhythm,
And what is all this?
With this I don’t apologize for the fatness, I just like to avoid judgments about the first impression. We are judged by our looks for everything, especially women, but you don’t have to weigh less than 50 kilograms to be an athletic person.