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