You CAN be Fat AND Fit, but why?

Yes, you heard right! I said you can be FAT and FIT. Seems like an oxymoron, but the reality is you don’t have to be 10% body fat to be “fit”. Truth be told, there are some super unhealthy fit “looking” people. Many doctors would even consider many people very healthy that the fitness industry would label “fat”.

I remember when my sister (right) did her body composition on our InBody machine. It said she didn’tneed to lose any fat. She was like, “clearly, I’m fat. I don’t understand.” I explained that the machine was saying she was a healthy teenager, not a fitness competitor. She wanted to be leaner but the machine said she was perfect when it came to her health. We sometimes focus so much on how we look, we really forget about all the rest.

When most people join a gym or start working out, they normally are wanting to lose weight. Honestly, most people are more upset about how their jeans fit than what their blood pressure is. America is so focused on looks, other life-saving benefits end up taking a backseat to what you see in the mirror. However, you don’t have to be skinny to be fit – and when people start working out, they start getting fit even if they don’t see it in the mirror or on a scale yet.

Look at UFC Fighter “Big Country” Roy Nelson (left).
He looks like he sits on the couch and drinks beer all day, but that boy has some serious power and endurance – and could outlast me any day. Of course, he’d probably benefit from losing a few pounds himself, but I bet he has an athlete’s heart and would surprise you in the gym.

Sure, carrying body fat around isn’t good for you, but if you are working out every day, you are likely pretty healthy. We have plenty of members who workout like crazy people and could outrun me any day, but they just eat too many calories. They may even eat healthy, but they just aren’t focused on weight loss or they aren’t ready to make that next step.

Here’s my big BUT (not my big BUTT!): If you are going to put all that time and energy into working out and sculpting awesome muscle under that layer of body fat, WHY hide it?!

Carrying around that layer of body fat is like detailing your HOT and SEXY exotic sports car and putting a cover on it! What a waste! If you’ve been working out, but you still are carrying too much fat, you probably have some amazing lines underneath that bumpy frumpy fat. Don’t you want all that hard work to show?

Of course Big Country’s goals are not to be a fitness model, and his focus is TOTally different than most of America’s, but for the average person – we want to BE fit and LOOK as fit as we feel. I don’t think Big Country has all that much to prove. And if you don’t like it, he’ll kick your butt anyway. haha 🙂

OK, so if you say no, I don’t care about how I look – I understand. Not EVERYone is as vain as me. Not everyone works out for the same reason, BUT if you’ve been training hard and complaining about your love handles, you probably know in your heart you should be working on your diet as hard as you’ve been working on your training.

Let’s turn it up! Hit the grocery store this weekend and get all the yummy healthy foods you need to take your diet to the next level. Try cutting back your calories for  just 4-6 weeks and see what your body will do! I bet you surprise yourself!!

Look at Julie! This was her before and after from boot camp. Look what your body can do in just 6 weeks. It’s a small commitment for a HUGE reward! GET-R-DONE!

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on May 27, 2011, in Diet & Nutrition Tips, Encouragement, Goals, Motivational, Self-Help and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Bonnie you are right. You don’t have to have a six-pack to be healthy and fit. A lot of people I know who look very lean and fit also have body-image problems and eating disorders. Balance and moderation is very important in all areas of life.

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