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  1. #1 Why I am not fat? 
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    Basically I wonder why I'm not fat. I eat more than avarage at my age (18), I have a large intake of sugar and hardly ever exercise. I drink 0,5l of soda for lunch, and occasionally a 1,5l bottle a day. Yet I am not fat, nor skinny. I have abs, a large chest, big biceps, and I got an A in PE.
    I score better at physical tests than guys in my class that work out many hours a day.

    I just find it strange, so does my class mates, that is getting rather jealous :P
    My lifestyle is pretty similar to obese people, yet I am more athletic than obese.

    (I played serious soccer from the age of 5 to 15, but it's been three years since I quit and personally I think I've gotten stronger).


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    The easy answer is because you're still young and your metabolism remains high. Keeping that same lifestyle and eating habits into your 30s, you will realize the effects become more pronounced and visible.


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    So it is all genetic? I have buddies who're exercising daily and still being overweight and unable to build muscles.
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    Not all genetic. They probably exaggerate exercise levels and downplay how much they really eat - it's a notorious problem in nutrition research. Be careful you don't turn into a TOFI (Thin Outside, Fat Inside), putting yourself at risk of metabolic and cardiac disease later in life. Until then consider yourself lucky.
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    Hello... You are more than likely storing the fat around your major organs, which can be equated to the marbleized meats that you see at the butcher. Your heart, liver, etc... could all have a layer of marbleized fat throughout, so, that means you're normal on the outside and fat on the inside.

    Eating more than average, especially consuming animal products that are high in cholesterol, slowly clogs your arteries, but you will likely not have symptoms until after you're in your late 30s to 40s. Atherosclerosis is one of the leading causes of death in Americans, and I'm sure other countries are not far behind. It basically clogs your arteries to the point where blood cannot reach your heart and you have a heart attack. If you survive, you're expected to take medications such as beta blockers, statins and blood thinners for the rest of your life, as well as maintaining a healthy diet.

    Lastly, consuming large amounts of sugars is almost a guarantee that you will eventually end up with Type-2 Diabetes later in life. So, to answer your question: despite looking good on the outside, your body is not going to look good on the inside if you're not more careful about your diet.
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    It's a myth that excess sugar in its self causes diabetes. It will contribute to obesity which can lead to type 2 diabetes though.

    I also know people are starting to question the cholesterol theory of atherogenesis - but that's very controversial, and not for here.
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    Well, ok, I worded it wrong, the actual sugar may not cause the issue, but the calories behind the sugar-ridden foods will. It's six of one, half dozen of the other. I don't see much difference in advising people to avoid sugary food because of the calories, as opposed to telling people to avoid sugary food because of the sugar. Just stop eating so much sugar!!

    The poster has a high caloric diet coupled with an inactive lifestyle; two risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes.

    I go by what I learn in college as a biology major, but I do not claim to be an expert on the subject.
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