I was wondering how bodybuilders do it. I mean (at least off-season anyway) they have pretty bad diets - high in carbs and pretty high in fats (compared with the average person).
But now I haven’t really ever heard about any of these guys suffering from adverse heart conditions due to thier eating or lifestyle.
What exactly does the exercise do in terms of preventing thier arteries from getting clogged with (if I’m correct) low-density lipoproteins? I mean I know that if you exercise you will burn fat off, but how does that prevent the LDL from chugging up your arteries whilst you are consuming such a high quantity (or level) of fat (particularly saturated fats)?
I know they can balance this by eating more (poly)unsaturated fatty foods and thus increasing thier proportion of HDL in thier bloodstream (which evidence indicates lowers the risk of heart disease). But off-season, many of them consume large quantities of atrocious foods.
–My interest in this OP was inspired after seeing the WWE wrestler The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) say in an interview that although normally he likes to eat a healthy balanced diet, he also like to “treat” himself. This involves him consuming (for example) around 24 cream doughnuts. I remember thinking, “how the heck doesn’t he drop dead of a heart attack”?–
So what does exercise do for the heart? (specifically, if you could point out the differences that aerobic and anaerobic exercise play in keeping the heart healthy - I mean I have trouble thinking that these bodybuilders do lots of anaerobic exercise off-season).