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Can You Be Fat But Fit?

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Are You Heavy?

Don't stop moving just because the scale has. If you're feeling discouraged, keep these important points in mind.

There's no need to suffer.

If you detest every minute you spend on a treadmill or Spinning bike, you'll never stick with it. Find an activity -- kickboxing, ballroom dancing, walking with friends -- that you'll want to make a near-daily part of your life.

You're not alone.

Does being surrounded by smaller, buff bodies at the gym sound like hell? Sign up for tours at several clubs near you to find one where you'll feel comfortable and that has classes that appeal to you. Party-atmosphere Zumba classes are particularly welcoming, as are CrossFit classes, where there's a team dynamic.

You can look great right now.

Enough with the shapeless sweats and tees! Workout wear that fits and supports your body will have you sweating in style and performing at your best., Zella at,, and have particularly fab plus-size selections.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2013.


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vanessaj1988 wrote:

This doesn't really prove anything because the studies done were on MODERATELY obese people. Bodybuilders, football backs, and other athletes would all be considered moderately obese but they also have a good deal of muscle. Bodyfat% and LBM are much better measures than BMI.

8/13/2014 02:10:08 PM Report Abuse
lipedemafitness wrote:

I have Lipedema and when I was 1st diagnosed I was told "nothing you can do" - no diet, no exercise will help. I listened for years & became depressed, obese, and immobile (unable to stand or walk). About 2 years ago I changed my diet to zone & began modified CrossFit. I lost 60lbs and 30in off my legs. I'm not cured, I'm still obese - but I can flip a 300lb tractor tire & I can walk a 5K. Metabolically, I am very healthy. The biggest obstacle I face is finding workout clothes. Thank you.

8/11/2014 09:31:13 AM Report Abuse
Born2lbFat wrote:

I have a medical condition called Lipedema, it is the abnormal accumulation of adipose tissue, aka fat, in the hips, thighs, butt, and sometimes upper arms. Lipedema fat doesn't respond to diet and exercise. It's actually more common condition, just under diagnosed. The picture used for this article is a great visual for stage one, where the lower half of the body is larger than the upper body. I have a more advance stage of Lipedema, my BMI is morbidly obese, however metabolically I am healthy.

8/10/2014 06:49:01 PM Report Abuse
stacyjahn wrote:

The article has some good info, but the recommendations for plus-sized athletic wear at the end of the article are pretty disappointing. barely has anything above a size 16,Zella @ Norstrom and have nothing about size 18, and TeamEstrogen does not have much. All of these sites have ridiculous prices.

7/27/2014 01:03:48 AM Report Abuse
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5/23/2014 06:38:53 PM Report Abuse

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