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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. Athleta.com, Zella at Nordstrom.com, MovingComfort.com, and TeamEstrogen.com have particularly fab plus-size selections.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2013.

 

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lark1964 wrote:

I have weighed between 240-245 (5'8") for years, I go up, I go down, but I always return to the range. I work out with a trainer regularly, I can run 2 miles, I eat healthy - and it doesn't come off or stay off! So, here I am, my boyfriend thinks I'm sexy, my 25-year-old daughter says I look great, my trainer uses me as an example of curvy power on his wall in his studio, and my doctor says I'm strong and healthy. What more could I ask for, really?

1/10/2014 09:27:46 AM Report Abuse
sunflowersince1999 wrote:

I'm glad. I've got a friend who calls herself fat. she exercises regularly but she isn't that small according to her. but checking her BMI and reading this I can tell her she is healthy. I'll give her this site. Thank you!!

12/29/2013 03:41:55 AM Report Abuse
hmhughes171 wrote:

Perhaps we now have to redefine what "overweight", "obese", and "fat" really mean. If women are healthy, fit, constantly exercise, and even have a doctor tell them they are healthy, the they are NOT overweight, obese, or fat no matter what the scale or society says!

8/20/2013 03:15:17 PM Report Abuse
benchpress150 wrote:

I feel guilty for having wrongly judged my "overweight" friends, even though I suspected, based on swimmers at my local YMCA, that many of them could kick my butt! I know they do in the pool!

8/12/2013 12:20:15 PM Report Abuse
sdudley18 wrote:

Is that picture supposed to represent a fat but fit girl? Maybe it's our image of 'fat' that needs to change, because as far as I'm concerned it looks like the girl in that photo has a defined waist and strong legs. Sure she has some curves, but since when are curves necessarily fat? I disagree with, and am sometimes offended by some of the photographic representations in this magazine.

7/15/2013 11:15:14 AM Report Abuse

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