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'Fat but Fit Is a Big Fat Myth'

In a world that’s awash with obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases, the idea that you can be “fat but fit” has become a mantra among those looking for reasons to stop fat-shaming. But a new study of 3.5 million puts the fat-but-fit thesis to rest. According to BBC.com, the theory is a myth: Admit it or not, people who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even though they’re healthy in other respects.

And that’s not “fat shaming.” It’s just the truth. I’ve addressed this topic numerous times in the past decade, and I always come up with the same conclusion: It’s better to lose that weight than to keep it and risk diabetes, cancer, heart disease or a myriad of other chronic health problems that are related to obesity. That said, I also admit that getting fit takes work on your part.

That’s where burning fat for fuel comes in. As I explain in my new book, “Fat for Fuel,” learning how to burn fat for fuel not only increases the quality and quantity of your life, but can help you get on the road to fitness.

One of the keys to long-term weight management and good health is healthy mitochondrial function, and for that you need to get your net carb, protein and fat ratios correct — and that’s what I discuss in my book. To improve your mitochondrial function through diet, the key is to eat in such a way that your body is able to burn fat as its primary fuel rather than sugars. Ketogenic diets are very effective for this, as is intermittent fasting and longer water fasts for those who are overweight.
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