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Get_Fit

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Posted On: 2014-03-24 10:43:03
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Is it possible to be very Fit and at the same time not be Thin?

I want to know can one be not Thin and still be very Fit?
That is can one eat what one wants to eat, not over eat, but just eat what one wants to eat and not worry about Weight Loss and still maintain a high degree of Fitness?

I have read some places that one can and then others say not!
So what is the correct answer?

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Saguren


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Yes, this is very possible. Remember, healthy looks different on everybody.

Some very fit people aren't thin (think of bodybuilders or power-lifters). Both are extremely fit and strong and exercise every day, but aren't thin.

As you get fit, your body burns fat quicker and so you end up becoming thinner than before you exercised, but it is possible to not be thin (like of you eat more than what you exercise).
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SuesRomeo


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3 years 2 months ago

Being "fit" is a subjective term. Are you cardiovascularly fit, physically strong, flelxible, have endurance?
If you look at some people who train with heavier weights, they are 'thicker' than people who train with a lot of cardio. Looking at nutrition, if what you want to eat is empty calories and sugar, but just not over eat - then you may look healthy (or 'fit') on the outside, but your insides won't be healthy!
For long term health and fitness, on the inside and the outside, choose healthy options for food and keep up the good work on the fitness side and then you won't have to worry about the scale.
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Gold-Medal-Supplemen


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If you are talking about a person having excess body fat, then the answer is no. If you are saying a person may have musculature, then by all means yes. Fat, in small amounts is important to have on the body as a means to supply energy to the body in calorie restricted situations (when there's no food around and your hungry) as this prevent muscle wasting and a catabolic (unhealthy) response by the body. But excess fat is an unhealthy condition for any body. Anyone who suggests that you can have a fair amount of fat on your body and still be optimally healthy does not know what they are talking about. If you have a larger body, you are either muscular, or you are fat, or a combination therein. You must determine and adjust lifestyle to maintain healthy fat levels and this takes educating yourself on your body, having a doctors check up or checking body fay percentages yourself with the appropriate tools (calipers, peizeoelectric scales etc). Fitness can mean different things to differe
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mrxstnrk


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5 years 3 months ago

Yes, it is possible to be very fit and NOT be thin at the same time. It depends on the individual and their body type. Some people have stocky body types for example. Those people are generally short and muscular, but they are not thin.

Fitness has to be maintained. You can not lose weight through exercise and diet then expect to be very fit if you go back to the old habits.
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source4live


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5 years 4 months ago

Don’t worry about becoming too thin. What is important is to keep moving to stay strong, fit and trim. At some point, we all get off track with our busy schedules, but what is important is to make sure we keep our body hydrated with plenty of water and try to eat healthy meals with the right carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats to give your body the energy it needs. Make sure not to push too hard and get plenty of rest after an intense training to give your body time to recover and rebuild your muscles which will grow bigger and stronger to keep your body looking fit and trim. Your body will tell you when you are overtraining with prolonged muscle soreness that doesn’t go away or you keep feeling sick which could give you unwanted weight loss and slow down your exercise efforts.
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mike22


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5 years 4 months ago

This is a question you're going to get different views on. You don't say whether you are thin or not. My answer is this, you must be at a close range of your body weight according to your height. To say it's ok to be overweight and Healthy is incorrect. So I guess my answer to your question would be no. Please take a look at my website and determine for yourself the answers you seek. http://creatingahealthygoal.com
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Get_Fit 5 years 4 months ago

You can say that again :)
I guess this is the type of Question where the answer depends on the persons personal
experience with weight loss & being fit.


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Lance


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5 years 4 months ago

It is possible to to be thin and stay fit. You can do exercises that will keep you thin as well as practice eating right. If you find yourself worrying about losing weight while you are thin enough, then you need to put into action a stress control plan that will keep you from worrying. At this time you might also want to contact your nutrition expert for advice.
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linktree


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5 years 4 months ago

I am sorry, I did not see the Q, you meen if you have to be thin to get fit, the short answere is NO, you can have a good amount of bodyfat and still be fit.
And then the Q about food, you can not eat what ever you want if you want your body to work as it is supposed to do. If you eat to much prosessed food, white sugar, artificial sugar, red meat, and many other bad foods, your organs will work overtime, your joints will get a lot of plaque and you muscles can not work as they should. If you want your cells to work as the was designed to do, they have to have the right nutriense.
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spacecity


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5 years 4 months ago

In my opinion you can eat what you want but if you build up too many sugars and raise cholesterol levels that come with eating too much of the wrong foods. it will start to make the body have issues no matter how much a person works out. It's just the motor in a fine car, let's just say if you don't take care of a nice looking car by keeping the right level of correct fluids in the engine it will lock up, does not matter how shiny it make look on the outside you still have a car that is broke....
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weighttraining8


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5 years 4 months ago

It has actually been shown, those with a few extra pounds are healthy. They may even live a bit longer than thin people. That being said, there are a few problems, with eating what you want.
Eating nutritional food is not about losing weight. It is about nutrition. Nutrition supplies the raw material to be healthy. No amount of exercise will compensate for a diet filled with high fructose corn syrup. Nor any of the other bad foods. Think trans fats, artificial sweeteners, msg (chemical food additive) and a host of other junk.
Now you can maintain a high level of fitness and not eat perfect. Fitness is about exercise. Too be truly fit, you must weight train and do aerobics. You must exercise to the point of breathing hard. Good idea to do some high intensity interval training.
Now eat 80% good and enjoy the occasional unhealthy food. A diet like this will work. The only problem is you will never be chiseled. If you are ok with that, then work your butt off and stay fit, but chubby.
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SuesRomeo


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5 years 4 months ago

You can most definitely be fit without being thin, especially if your definition of fitness is cardiovascular health. I know many people larger than I that are more heart-fit than I am and many people thinner than I that can't lift half the weight I can.
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Get_Fit 5 years 4 months ago

That is what I think too.
But just wanted to make sure.
Glad to see so many think that is the case.


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JoachimsTraining


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5 years 4 months ago

Depending on how you define "Fit". If you want to achieve good health and well being there is no need to be thin. In fact I know many people who are very unhealthy and thin. That being said, having too much adipose tissue (especially around the waist) will preclude you from being overly healthy - due to the strain and subsequent inflammation on your organs and circulatory system. On the other hand, there have been several cases in the US and Uk where overweight aerobic instructors were fired from their gyms and sued - and usually they win because they can demonstrate they have the 'fitness' to teach the class adequately.
Eating whatever you want is a sure way to hijack your fitness level (unless you happen to eat mostly non starchy vegetables, healthy fats and low sugar foods). HOWEVER, if you are Micheal Phelps and work out for 8 hrs a day you can get away with it - for a limited time. Apparently in his old age he as radically changed his diet to remain competitive.
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Get_Fit 5 years 4 months ago

Excellent point:
"In fact I know many people who are very unhealthy and thin."


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natosha120


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5 years 4 months ago

Of course you can. Its true one can be fitter than the person next to them weighing same amount and same height. Ones BMI can tell a whole lot from the bodys fat percentage to muscle weight. Muscle is so compact that it makes you look thinner as to someone with fat and not as much muscles will look like huger. So even tho they appear different they weigh the same. This is because the muscles weight more when it comes to the body and fat weighs less. As well as if you want to enjoy any type of food, you can! All you need to know is that food isn't the enemy its just making sure you get the right combination of vitamins and nutrients in your body. If you want to focus on being healthy try to aim for less processed foods, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy those bagged or boxed treats. I just suggest variety and enjoying everything, but not to over indulge on one type of food as we.. So if you like to cookies eat cookies but don't just eat them all day. Hope that helps
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Get_Fit 5 years 4 months ago

I think you have nailed it on the head.
And actually I do no like Cookies but I do like Steak.
And I tell you day I eat Stake then the next day I can Bike farther and with more zest
than if I had eaten a Granola bar day before to watch my Weight gain.

natosha120 5 years 4 months ago

Your welcome <3 glad I could help :)


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linktree


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5 years 4 months ago

No I am sorry that is not possible. If you now are fit and if you start eating SAD and stay on a desk-job you will loose your fitness, first you have calories in and calories out, it got to match, it is pure logic.
Number 2, your muscle volume got to match your level of movement, if you do not use it you will loose it.
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Get_Fit 5 years 4 months ago

Really!
1st, what is SAD anyway?
2nd, why cant you be Fit and eat what you want and not worry about being Thin!

natosha120 5 years 4 months ago

The SAD = Standard American Diet :)

SuesRomeo 5 years 4 months ago

Calories in and calories out are only part of the obesity epidemic. There is also the
stress component dealing with excess Cortisol levels (The Stress Hormone).
When your body produces too much cortisol from prolonged stress, it causes you to also
produce excess blood glucose. This unused energy gets stored as fat around the abdominal
organs and can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.

Get_Fit 5 years 4 months ago

Thanks Sues. That is good info to know.


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