Talkback: Can you be Fat and Fit? (Preview)

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06/06/2011 at 09:11

Haven't seen any disagreement in this preview.

Is it possible to be overweight and healthy?

Virtually every weight-related health problem can be greatly improved...GG appears that physical activity cannot completely reverse...AW

But can a potbellied runner really outrun a lean machine?

It's possible for a heavier runner to be faster than a thinner runner...GG
Well, sure, it's not impossible...AW

When you get some of your represented disagreement, or stick up that nutrition plan for 6-pack to pot-bellied in 12 weeks and improve your 5k time, mebbe I'll subscribe...

06/06/2011 at 09:21

Two experts in violent agreement with the third party author desperately scrabbling for an interesting tag line whilst attempting to pander to overweight readers.

06/06/2011 at 09:33
You can be fit and smoke but that isn't to say that I would reccommend it. In Rugby they say that a good big un is better than a good little un. Transfer that to a good slim runner is faster than a good overweight  one.
06/06/2011 at 11:23

The question in the title says "fit", but the subtitle says "healthy".

Those are two very different things

06/06/2011 at 11:26
06/06/2011 at 11:48

You can be, but you need an indian fella on a scooter hitting you with a spatula.

 After a couple of weeks of that, you can expect to win a marathon.

Kryten    pirate
06/06/2011 at 15:58

Fit for what?

Sumo wrestling? World's strongest man? Cross channel swimming?

06/06/2011 at 16:16
If you need any convincing of the running advantages of keeping weight down, I suggest running with a backpack carrying a modest 5kg. Glad to leave it behind the next day or what?
06/06/2011 at 19:40

Running with a 5kg backpack is hardly like running with an extra 5kg body mass as the extra mass is evenly distributed over your body, hence you cant loose mass in one specific part of your body. You can run comparable times in endurance events with 5kg extra as other factors such as hydration, race prep, etc come into play.  

07/06/2011 at 12:32
Very good point John Baptiste! I have felt the diference in hill climbing with/without back pack, without it you suddenly feely like a mounain goat sprinitng up there!
12/06/2011 at 10:39

People who exercise regularly and are overweight are likely to be healthier than non-exercising slim people. When we exercise visceral fat gets burned and this reduces our risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Non-exercising apparently slim types could still be developing dangerous levels of this visceral fat.

Having said that being overweight still increases your risk of a variety of diseases and your waist measurement is a good indicator of your overall health.

23/02/2012 at 15:58

Define fat?

You can have a pot belly but be ripped elsewhere. I can send photographic evidence until the kettle training and core body work start to kick in.

Having been running for 2 years, I have dropped from 18 to 15 stone but still have the belly.

Legs like hewn granite and with the other gym work, arms and pecs like a small adonis.

Despite this I can only manage 8 min miles over distance and was recently knocked into 300 and something position in an 8 miler.

Some of the rugby boys finishing ahead of me had similar physique (including the pot belly). An awful lot of the 200+ behind me were rake thin.

This response is almost as pointless as the original post.

cougie    pirate
23/02/2012 at 16:02
I'm sure you can be fat and fit.
Just the same as you can be thin and unfit.

You may not be as fast as a thinner runner, but that is different ?
10/06/2013 at 18:56

well im 5foot 10 an 16 stone,that makes me overweight but i can run half marathons in an hour 30, now the question is am i unfit an imagine what pace i would run if i was my ideal weight of 10 and half stone and illlooking

10/06/2013 at 19:08
10/06/2013 at 20:12

See loads of sub 1.30 half marathoners at 10 and a half stone but no short 16 stone ones. Not saying you are lying but where did you run this 1.30 half? 

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