Is it really possible for an obese person to be fit?
The short answer is NO. You cannot be fat and fit at the same time. It’s one or the other.
Some health “professionals” used to claim you can be obese and fit as long as you don’t have high blood pressure, cholesterol, and/or blood sugar. Such claim is ridiculous because by being fat you are bound to have one or more of those conditions.
To make things scarier, obese people are also more prone to heart diseases and have a higher chance of getting type-2 diabetes. Overweight individuals also don’t experience the same benefits of aerobic exercises compared to slimmer people. In addition, obese people who exercise regularly still have shorter life expectancy compared to slim people who rarely exercise.
Being fit is not enough. You still need to lose the weight.
“But what about The Mountain?”
Eh, what about him? You’re not saying that he’s a living proof for fit but fat, are you? That being is nowhere near fat. Hafthor Julius Bjornsson is figuratively a mountain of muscle and testosterone. He’s humongous but definitely not fat. He has won various strongman competitions; the definite proof that those are muscles under his skin.
Fat And Happy VS Skinny And Grumpy
There’s a real-life story of a fat guy who lost significant weight and transformed into a completely different person. He used to be cheerful and sociable but once he lost the weight he became grumpy all day long. What went wrong?
Self-control is said to be the problem here.
People who put the effort to lose weight must practice self-control to stop eating junk food. They exercise when other fat people around them sit on the couch watching Netflix. They know how to take control of their life but they can’t stand the sight of other people who definitely lack such virtue. This judgmental attitude makes them hate people who eat a lot and stay slim. They hate people who play and have fun all night long and they don’t get any health problems as they did. They want to eat their chocolate cake but then hate themselves for giving up so easily.
Self-control is good but cutting yourself some slack helps your mood greatly. It’s okay to indulge in your favorite ice cream every Sunday. It’s okay to have high-calorie snacks once in a while. This is why you should lose weight slowly. It keeps the grumpy in you in check.
How To Lose Weight Healthily
The best way to lose weight is by counting your calories. Make sure to maintain a substantial calorie deficit each and every day. You may start at 200 calories deficit, which means giving up one can of soda or one bar of Snickers a day. Keep increasing your calorie deficit until you’re comfortable with 1,200 calorie deficit a day. When you reach that level, you can start noticing the weight loss
Another thing you can do is to do cardio exercises for half an hour, four to five days a week. Ride an exercise bike or walk on a treadmill. It’s your choice. Be sure to drink enough water and get a good night sleep. You’ll lose weight sooner than later.
So, can an individual be fat but fit? Such question, while may seem serious for some, is laughable for others. But let’s just close the discussion and agree that you just need to lose some weight now. Stop finding excuses to be fat. Watch what you eat, exercise, and lose some weight. It’s the healthy thing to do.
Be sure to do it slowly. Set moderately achievable goals. You must treat it like it’s a marathon, not a sprint. The finish line is still far away so don’t rush it. Be sure to relax and cut yourself some slack every now and then. You deserve it.