No mat­ter how fast I get, I can’t shake my paunch. Can you be fit and fat?

Men's Health (Malaysia) - - News -

Aero­dy­nam­ics aside, that gut isn’t nec­es­sar­ily slow­ing you down. Al­though too much ab­dom­i­nal fat can in­deed be a marker of ex­cess blub­ber around your or­gans – or even of meta­bolic syn­drome – it’s en­tirely pos­si­ble for it to be harm­less. In fact, you can be at once obese and yet still metabol­i­cally health­ier than your doc­tor. Things like in­ter­nal in­flam­ma­tion and car­dio fet­tle count for far more than the belt notch you use. Your gut girth is just a sign.

But it can be an un­sightly one. Work out whether you’re fit-fat or just fat-fat by in­vest­ing in a body com­po­si­tion mon­i­tor, which tells you if you’re car­ry­ing more sub­cu­ta­neous (be­nign) or vis­ceral (risky) fat. Or check your waist-to-hip ra­tio at home: if your gut pro­trudes rel­a­tive to your hip mea­sure­ment, a scan might be wise.

Mean­while, eat but­ter. A new French study found that the aminos within it help re­verse age-re­lated weight gain and add mus­cle mass. We’re call­ing it a tasty fix for mid­dle-aged spread.

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