Good news, folks! You don’t have to look like the latest Hollywood “It” girl or guy in order to be healthy. If you’re toting around saddlebags and love handles but are truly fit, you’re a lot better off than someone who simply looks really thin but couldn’t run a mile to save his/her life, even if being chased by a tiger.
Not too fat, though: That being said, don’t use this as an excuse to park yourself in front of the cookie jar. Generally speaking, there are limits as to how fat you can get and still be healthy, even if you exercise regularly.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more is considered obese and most likely indicates you’re carrying around more body fat than is considered healthy. Among other negative effects, all that extra fat puts a strain on your joints, heart, breathing, and overall comfort. I don’t believe that’s worth the evening rendezvous with the chips and cookies.
Don’t stop exercising just because the scale shows a higher number than you’d prefer! Exercise is a powerful tool which can help improve your health and fitness, even if your belly jiggles a bit. Measure your progress by how fit and lean you are becoming and appreciate that you’re becoming a healthier person than the skinny, sedentary one.