Fat But Fit

Many are of the view that being Fat and Healthy are mutually exclusive but they are incorrect. People can be obese yet physically hale and hearty and at no greater risk of heart disease or cancer than normal weight people, say experts.The key is being “metabolically fit”, meaning no high blood pressure, cholesterol or raised blood sugar, and exercising, according to experts.

This subset of metabolically healthy fat people who did not experience conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, were generally fitter and worked out more than the other obese people.

And their risk of getting or dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer was identical to people of normal weight and was half that of “metabolically less fit” obese people.

It is particularly important to be aware of your weight if you are carrying excess fat around your belly. The fat cells here are really active, producing toxic substances that are dangerous which can lead to heart disease.

Maintaining a healthy diet with lots of physical activity can help to slim you down as well as reduce your chances of heart and health issues.

There are many reasons that workout is such an effective medicine: Since muscles are the biggest consumers of sugar in the body, increased muscle mass reduces the chance of excess sugar accumulating in the blood, which is in other words what diabetes is. Daily workout reduces inflammation in the cardiovascular system and affects the secretion of clotting hormones, allowing blood to flow more easily to muscles and preventing the formation of deadly clots. Moderate exercise (at least 150 minutes a week of medium-intensity exercise like walking) combined with diet changes can also reduce the amount of potentially deadly fat in the liver. And study after study has shown that overweight and obese people who work out can get such benefits and improve their metabolic health even if they don’t shed a pound.

It must be realized that genetically all of us have been provided with a different metabolism which means that some people don’t gain fat no matter how much junk food they eat or how little they exercise whereas others struggle to lose fat despite keeping a strict check on their calories and exercising regularly. So an overweight person who exercises regularly and keeps a check on their food are usually much healthier than the normal weight guy who does not exercise nor keeps a check on their diet.

(source: HealthBulletinSite.com)

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