To a point, the most muscle you carry, the healthier you are going to be. When you train hard, you pull more oxygen into your lungs, which helps to strengthen your heart. Stronger people who eat better foods are without a doubt going to be healthier in general. This sounds like a great rule. In that case, the top bodybuilders in the world, clocking 10% body fart at 280 pounds off-season, must be the healthiest people around, right? Ah, think again, big guy!
Your heart is blind. No, this isn’t a cheesy love balled from the 1980s. Rather, your heart has no idea whether the 280 pounds it is being forced to carry around is fat or muscle. The heart doesn’t care. It has to pump twice the blood it would need if you were standing there at 140 pounds, right? Your heart is not in the least bit concerned that you look better, can win state level bodybuilding shows, can bench press double your body weight, or are the biggest, baddest dude around. All the heart does is pump blood. And the bigger you are, the more work it has to do. This is why many bodybuilders will slim down greatly following retirement or just during the off-season. They want to preserve their heart health. However, it should be noted that you can force your heart to work harder by constricting your blood flow with clogged arteries. Keep the saturated fats to a minimum, sticking with fish oil and lean meats to provide your dietary fats.