Is It Possible To Be Overweight but still Be Fit


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Unfortunately, the research is clear-cut: it’s never healthy to be obese. Many studies show that, unsurprisingly, there is a clear link between being severely overweight and developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Losing weight if you’re overweight certainly decreases the risk of problems such as a heart attack or stroke. You can technically be heavy and healthy.

Body fat is a factor that weighs on overall fitness, but it is not the only factor. As Sonpal stresses, no single measure — whether that’s BMI or the number on the scale — can give you a full picture of health. The idea that someone can be “fat and fit” — that is, overweight but still healthy — has been around for some time. But don’t be fooled. “The latest science is quite clear that excess weight can carry considerable health risks, including a higher risk for heart attack and stroke,” says Dr.

Jorge Plutzky, director of preventive cardiology at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Yes, you can be overweight and healthy, according to the National Institutes of Health’s 1998 report, Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity. A: “Fit but fat” is sometimes referred to as metabolically healthy obesity (MHO), meaning overweight but lacking other cardiovascular (CV) risk factors.

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Health experts now think it’s altogether possible to be overweight but still fit. They say measuring only an individual’s BMI, which is a measurement of body. Men who were overweight but fit (as measured by a treadmill test) were two times less likely to have died than men who were lean but not fit. Moreover, the all-cause mortality rate of fit, overweight men wasn’t significantly different from that of the fit, lean men. If you have been exercising and still have belly fat, you could be doing the wrong style training, your stress levels may be too high, or you may have an endocrine disorder like polycystic ovary.

Yes you can be underweight and still be fat or have too much fat on your body. You need to be in shape and fit too. Researchers remind us that adults who are obese but fit aren’t more likely to die from heart disease and stroke, suggesting that exercise is still a critical part of any weight loss program.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the more a person sits around, the.

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Indeed, one study found that people who are obese yet physically fit (i.e., they have a high VO2 max)

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But it is possible to be fit and unhealthy.

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It’s possible to be very fit, at least relative to the general population, and yet not be healthy.

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It is possible to be overweight without being obese, as in the case of a bodybuilder with great muscle mass.

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Plenty of extremely fit, muscular people I know would be considered overweight based on their BMI.

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Some can even admit, “I just can’t seem to make myself exercise.

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Because muscle is denser than fat, an athletic, muscular person can be heavier but healthier than a physically inactive (sedentary) individual who is the same height and weighs less.

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As a result, it’s possible to be overweight as defined by BMI while also being very active and healthy.

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Physical fitness is also helpful, and there is some evidence to suggest that a fit obese person may have similar or even lower cardiovascular risk than a leaner unfit person.

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Hence, an FMI could perhaps evoke a fitness/aesthetic challenge which the BMI has clearly failed to elicit.

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  • I only want to switch to calisthenics because it’s more suitable for MMA. I weigh 330 but I carry my weight really well actually. I know I can be way faster at 185 and that’s my goal, to fight at middle weight. Lifting weights is cool and all but those are static movements, body weight training is more suitable and more realistic

  • I feel you may had a good reason to do this video, but it’s mean with them and us. This feels insulting and rude. How could you do something like that to those women?

  • When she said that no one got it right and showed the group I tried to pair them. Got them all right ����
    When you internalize body and self esteem issues so much that comparing weight is easy. All of these ladies are so beautiful ��

  • Wild concept, here. If you don’t have an answer, then don’t answer. Or do research until you can answer the question, which is “how does an overweight/larger person start doing calisthenics or bodyweight-based exercising?“

    The advice offered here is literally, “stop being overweight first, then you can get started on the basics.” What a crock. There has to be a better answer on how an overweight person can safely begin body weight exercises while engaging in weight loss (or not, if that is not their goal.)

    Come on, man—you can do better. I challenge you to take another shot at this after looking beyond what’s worked for you and other skinny folks. I’m going to look for a better answer in the meanwhile.

  • Really hope you made sure you didn’t pick any women that had previous health/eating/nervous disorders because something like this can give someone a huge push back into that unhealthy lifestyle. I hope this experiment didn’t affect them negatively.


  • My metabolic rate must be higher than I thought, because I eat more junk food than most of these people and haven’t followed a healthy life style until recently and still have a similar or trimmer figure than the second shortest girl. However, I walk every day and do pull ups every day (no abs)

  • I’m 62 and I’ve always done weights, played rugby, trained boxing, but never used calisthenics. I love this channel, because at my age now, having lost flexibility and practical strength I want to get into pushing and pulling my own weight more. Yes I know, why have I waited so long, answer, because I’m a dumb ass. The use of the bands looks like the perfect way to start this regime. Am I too old to start this kinda thing? I don’t know, maybe. I’ll let you know in due course. Great channel, good work Chris and friends.

  • This video is the stupidest video ever! Why do they tell them tat they are overweight or healthy? They look like they are gonna cry and this challenge serve no point..

  • This is one of the best programs in my opinion, because it teaches us that if we want to achieve something we have to put all our effort and to strive, never give up.

  • The way ilene said to darlyn that bmi doesn’t really work was nice because I wouldn’t consider either obese and I won’t judge people on weight or size at all

  • Another option for pullups are pullup negatives
    Either jump or get on a chair and control your speed going down

    That really helped me

  • Wow they’re so emotional there, bmi and fat percentage just give them more info to be aware of their condition so they can decide to keep it or maintain it…. Notice how they think they’re ” labelled ” while these info did’nt come from nowhere but there’re actually studies. That girl is obese but she’s so delusional… she has to admit the truth to be healthy because being obese is not healthy

  • Imo for most overweight people the steps should be.
    0. Do something to increase activity levels if you are too sedentary. Ive seen everything from pokemon go, to slacklining, to fire spinning accomplish this. So find a niche that you think is fun do it when you feel like it.
    1. Cut all liquid calories out of your diet, drink water, tea or coffee but no soda or milk.
    (Most people already see an incredible change after just that)
    2. Remove all unnecisary snacks from your day, maintain the big meals and learn to distiguish and control hunger and cravings.

    3. Once your weight gets to a range where bodyweight exercise is not maximum effort all the time, start increasing the volume of your calisthenics training.

  • Disgusting how they called them obsese or overweight! As long as your happy and healthy everything is okay! These woman are all okay! BMI bs.

  • I got it perfectly right. I think it’s because I’ve spent years in fashion, as well as years around a health conscious mom, as well as around women of all sizes. I GOT IT RIGHT!!