90% of men are “overfat” according to a new study. And that overfatness can cause cardiometabolic dysfunction and a lot of chronic illnesses that can kill you slowly.
But what does “overfat” even mean? Well, see it as a new form of body fat.
- Normal Weight
- Morbidly Obese
The problem is that “Normal weight” and the other forms of fatness are tested using a BMI scale. This is based on weight and height. It does not discriminate between fat mass and muscle mass nor does it tell you WHERE you have fat.
That last part is important. Because abdominal fat is much worse for you than storing it elsewhere.
Also, your BMI does not tell you anything about subcutaneous adipose tissue and visceral adipose tissue. Visceral fat is kept inside your abdominal cavity and around your organs. That’s the bad stuff that will cause insulin resistance and dying in numerous possible ways.
Fitness expert Philip Maffetone says that a man who is not overweight can still have an unhealthy amount of body fat – especially in the abdominal area. This overfatness is either a sign of current health problems or a sign of incoming health problems.
He believes we should use a different bodyfat test. And he’s come up with a faster and simpler test that might hurt your feelings.
The New Fat Test
Here’s the “Maffetone” test in a nutshell: If the circumference of your waist measures more than half your height, you are overfat!
That’s it. Their research is very compelling if you want to research and investigate their study.
But one key point to know is that by “waist” the test actually means belly. The measurement should be done across your belly button.
If you fail this test, you better get yourself to the gym fast, because your health is in jeopardy!