Some studies have concluded that overweight men who exercised regularly, possess a lower risk of heart disease than fat men that do not exercise.

However, a more important question is, would these “fat-and-fit” individuals be healthier if they lost the excess fat? The answer is undoubtedly, yes.

A group of Canadian researchers have identified that in overweight people, risk factors for weight-related illnesses are reduced by up to 15% with every 5 pounds shed of unwanted flab.

Combine this information with more recent, insightful work that revealed a person’s body fat level and the risk of cancer are closely related. In fact, the lead research of this ground-breaking investigation went on record as suggesting that to avoid the development of cancer, people should aim to be as lean as possible.

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Some people might be able to be fit and fat at the same time, but it is clear that a person cannot be healthy and fat at the same time.

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Can a person be fat and fit at the same time?

by Paul Cribb Ph.D. CSCS. time to read: 1 min