Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Weight Loss & Health Tips Revealed: Can I Be Fit And Fat? > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Weight Loss & Health Tips Revealed: Can I Be Fit And Fat?

We all have an image of "fit" - lean, even thin, with a healthy glow. Many researchers are now beginning to question that picture of fitness - there may be more to being "fit" and less to being "fat" than conventional wisdom suggests.

What Are The Dangers Of Extra Weight

Carrying extra weight can put stress on your body. People who are overweight - that is, who weigh more for their height than is considered healthy - may be at increased risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and strokes, and may put additional pressure on their joints.

So Thin People Are In Danger Too?

However, as recent debates among scientists show, the "fit = thin" equation may hide a more complex situation. Often, when an overweight person begins to exercise and eat healthier foods, measures of their health improve. It might be that blood pressure and cholesterol improve because of weight loss that comes with exercise. But, researchers like Steven Blair argue, it may be that the exercise itself makes us healthier. As we exercise and eat better, our metabolism - the use of food to build and repair the body and make energy - changes, and that's what makes us healthy. The weight loss is a sort of "side effect" of the changes we've made in lifestyle.

Focus On Your Body's Functions, Not Appearance:

Glenn Glaesser, author of Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health, endorses the idea of metabolic fitness. He suggests that we not focus on height-to-weight ratios (like the body-mass index or BMI) but on other measures of how your body is functioning, like cholesterol level, blood pressure, blood sugar and waist-to-hip ratio. His research suggests that it's possible to be fit and not have the slender figure we see in so many fashion magazines and movies. Conversely, if you are slender and sedentary, you may have health risks, regardless of your physique.

But don't replace one equation with another simplistic one: fat = fine. A balance seems to be the thing that all the experts agree on.

Balance Is Important:

If you fit the standard body-mass index definition of obese, how do you achieve the balance? Start out by finding out more about your health. Check your fat-to-muscle ratio. See if you're carrying a healthy amount of fat on your body relative to muscle (your local Y may be able to estimate your body fat for you at low cost). Ask your healthcare provider check your blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart function. Your nurse practitioner or doctor can help you think about small changes in diet and exercise that can help you get more fit, show you what parts of your metabolic health are doing well, what could use work. And lastly, check your own functioning: are there things you'd like to do that you haven't been able to? Are you getting tired on the dance floor more often than you'd like?

Take Improvement Step-By-Step:

Then, start slowly incorporating changes into your life - you may need to change how much you eat, what you eat, how much you exercise, or some combination, to achieve better health. Check back regularly with your health care worker, who can help you monitor progress. You may lose some weight in the process. You might not, initially, but do yourself a favor and take your measurements as well. The weight may not change, but you may find yourself becoming slimmer simply because muscle weighs a lot but doesn't take up as much room as fat does!

As your health and metabolic status improves, you may find that you aren't at the "perfect" weight. The jury is still out on whether losing extra weight to reach the "ideal" is necessary for the best health. However, don't be discouraged and quit your newly healthy lifestyle: the new research does tell us that fitness, whatever your weight, brings you health benefits that will stand you in good stead - and help you enjoy your fun activities today.

Blair S., "The fitness, obesity, and health equation: is physical activity the common denominator?" Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 292, issue 10, pages1232-1234, 2004

Blair, S., "Modifiable behavioral factors as causes of death. "Journal of the American Medical Association Volume 291, issue 24 pages 2942-2943, 2004

Blair, S.N. "Revisiting fitness and fatness as predictors of mortality," Clinical Journal of Sport Volume 13, issue 5, pages 319-320, 2003

Conus, F, "Metabolic and behavioral characteristics of metabolically obese but normal-weight women,"Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Volume 89, issue 10, pages 5013-5020, 2004

Copyright (C) Shoppe.MD, PhenForum.com and Ian Mason, 2004-2005

Learn more about health, diet and exercise at our weight loss forum.

PhenForum.com is a popular discussion forum for weight loss programs, diet advice, and tips to help you burn fat.

All the best,

Ian Mason

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Women's Health

Should You Start Drinking Baking Soda For Weight Loss?
Women's Health
If I had a nickel for every natural weight-loss claim out there, well, I'd have so many nickels I wouldn't have to write anymore. Yet another "miracle weight loss" ingredient found in your pantry: baking soda. Yep, the same powder that makes bread or ...


TIME

About Half of Americans Say They're Trying to Lose Weight
TIME
If you're trying to lose weight, new data says that you're far from alone. 49% of American adults surveyed between 2013 and 2016 reported trying to lose weight at some point during the prior 12 months, according to a report from the Centers for Disease ...
Half Of Americans Are Trying To Lose Weight, Including Many Who Are Not Overweight, CDC ReportsWBUR
Nearly Half of Americans Battling to Lose Weight: CDC DataBloomberg

all 3 news articles »

Finally, Weight-Loss that WORKS
FOX31 Denver
When it comes to losing weight you don`t want to go on the journey alone. And you don't have to thanks to Medfit Medical Weight Loss with Dr. Angela Tran. She's Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American Society of Bariatric ...


Women's Health

'I Replaced Soda With Water And Lost More Than 70 Pounds'
Women's Health
Three years later, I had done absolutely nothing to lose the baby weight, and I became pregnant again—so again, I ate anything I wanted, which was mainly over-processed stuff: Pop Tarts, boxed macaroni and cheese, and all the chips, cookies, and ...


Express.co.uk

Princess Eugenie weight loss: She uses THIS diet drink to stay slim ...
Express.co.uk
PRINCESS EUGENIE's weight loss in the run up to her wedding is impressive, with recent pictures showcasing the royal's slimmed down physique. But how did ...

and more »

The News-Press

Cape Coral woman embraces personal gains from weight loss program
The News-Press
Her success has given her star status in the weight loss world. Baker was named Florida Queen of TOPS in March for losing more weight than any other female in the state. On July 13, she went to Montreal to be recognized at the international ceremony.


Runner's World

This Man's Doctor Said He Would Never Lose Weight. Here's How He Proved Him Wrong
Runner's World
When I brought up losing weight, the doctor waived his hand dismissively and sarcastically said, “No one actually does [lose weight] you know.” The doctor seemed like he was in a bad mood that day—he said it in a derisive fashion. It actually made me ...


ScienceNordic

Weight loss can protect overweight boys from developing type 2 diabetes
ScienceNordic
But in this study we didn't have information from adults, for which we received some criticism, for exclusively studying child and not adult body mass indices (BMIs). This meant that we couldn't judge whether weight loss before adulthood could help to ...


Women's Health

So, Water Fasting For Weight Loss Is A Thing You Definitely Shouldn't Do
Women's Health
Fasting is really in right now—and damn, it makes me sad. Take the 16:8 diet, for example, which involves fasting for 16 hours a day and eating whatever you want for the other eight. Given that you're sleeping for most of those 16 food-free hours, it ...


KARK

Teen Undergoes Weight Loss Surgery
KARK
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - For many struggling with obesity, weight loss surgery is their last resort. However, there is a difference between most of the people who've undergone this operation and Melody Taylor from Saline County. She's 18-years-old. As it ...

Google News

Why Do Athletes Use Ephedra?

You are probably familiar with the weight loss connection with... Read More

Vinegar and Weight Loss

The Sour Truth -------------------------- Question: I had a baby 6... Read More

Compulsive Eating Signs

Compulsive eating is characterized mainly by periods of impulsive bingeing... Read More

The #1 Key to Weight Loss ? What You DON?T Want to Know and Most Won?t Tell You!

You may not like what I have to say, even... Read More

Go for Scientific Weight Loss

Considering the US Center for Disease Control's advice is a... Read More

The Most Effective Fat Burning And Muscle Building Workout That Takes Just 13 Minutes

Most people who want to burn off some excess pounds... Read More

Bye-Bye Bread

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love bread... Read More

Give up the Diet

If you're thinking of going on a diet to lose... Read More

Diet Tips ? Common Sense Rules

We, as a society, are always trying to lose weight.... Read More

Fast Weight Loss -- The Healthiest Fast Weight Loss Plan

In general, fast weight loss is not healthy. The faster... Read More

A New Option for Weight Loss Surgery

These days, Jennifer Secrist has little interest in idle activities.... Read More

Diet Pills and Consumer Fraud

Diet pills have met with many different fates, and come... Read More

Phentermine Generics & Brand Names: How To Avoid Prescriptions Riddled With Impurities

Which diet pill are you currently taking for your weight... Read More

Weight Loss and Dieting Secrets ? What You DONT Want to Know!

Some of you will not like what I have to... Read More

Even Gastric Bypass Patients Hit Weight Loss Plateaus

Sometime, during the phase of rapid weight loss after gastric... Read More

Tenuate: Should A Diet Pill Be Part Of Your Weight Loss Checklist?

Maybe your doctor suggested it. Maybe your favorite outfit doesn't... Read More

Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #10

WOW!! Here we are on lesson #10. Hasn't it been... Read More

Daily Weight Loss Motivation

When you are faced with the daily challenge of trying... Read More

Weight Loss: Carbs? Or No Carbs?

Dietitians just plain don't like low-carb or high-protein diets.Whether it's... Read More

Avoid Commont Fitness Pitfalls

While exercising isn't complicated, it's very easy to make mistakes.... Read More

Mindfulness - The Key to Avoiding Overeating

I made myself a sandwich today and thought I'd be... Read More

Childhood Obesity Is Everyones Problem

Reducing childhood obesity in the U.S. needs to be a... Read More

The Best Weight Loss Advice Youll Ever Get

"Who are you to give me weight loss advice?" I... Read More

Breakfast -How Not To Start The Day Part I

Axiom Number FourTo have a great selling diet plan encourage... Read More

Hypnosis, Weight Control, and The Thought That Wont Go Away

You've decided it's time to lose some weight. A lot... Read More