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Fat vs. Fit

A recent study debunks the theory that those who are overweight can also be fit through regular exercise.

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There are many factors that contribute to overall health. While we may want to think that excess weight can be offset by regular exercise, a recent study in the International Journal of Epidemiology shows that, in fact, being overweight is a risk factor for several major health problems and even premature death. According to the study, obese people who exercise regularly are up to 30% more likely to die prematurely than those who are slim and unfit.

There are many reasons why our body weight has more impact on overall heath than regular exercise. A basic tool for measuring body composition is the body mass index (BMI). It is calculated by measuring weight in kilograms divided by height in meters, squared. Try this body mass index calculator.

The weight categories are as follows:

  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal Weight = 18.5 – 24.9
  • Overweight = 25 – 29.9
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

In addition, studies have shown that where weight is carried plays an important role in overall health. Weight on the hips and buttocks, while annoying, is not metabolically active and does not drive an increase in appetite, nor does it have as negative an impact on health. Weight that is carried on the abdomen, however, is metabolically active and can have a very negative impact on health as it interferes with the function of several vital organs including the liver, lungs and heart.

Excess weight, especially on the abdomen, can impact the body’s sensitivity to insulin and can impact the secretion of insulin. In fact, it is important that men maintain a waist measurement under 40 inches and women stay under 35 inches. Keeping bodyweight in the ideal range aids in maintaining cardiovascular health and, also decreases wear and tear on joints – therefore reducing injuries in those who exercise regularly.

Another factor in maintaining overall health has to do with the quality of foods: those who are eating fruits and vegetables fare better than those who are turning to high-fat and high-sugar foods and beverages – regardless of weight and exercise patterns. For that reason it is vital to follow a healthy eating plan that includes lean protein, fruits and vegetables and is high in fiber.

Easy Nutrition and Weight Loss Goals

One easy way to get the necessary nutrition is by drinking UltraNourish, which offers a complete range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, along 16 grams of pea protein. Another great way to support your weight loss goals is with Green Coffee Bean Extract, which aids the liver in burning fat and detoxification, as well as helping to reduce blood sugar.

A high quality diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, and regular exercise are all factors in maintaining optimal overall health. Exercise alone will not keep you healthy if your body weight is too high, especially if you are carrying that weight on the abdomen.

Dallas, M.E. (2015). Being fat but fit won’t cut your risk of premature death. U.S. National Library of Medicine: Medline Plus. Retrieved on 12/26/15 from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_156334.html.

Donnelly, L. (2015).  ‘Fat but fit’ counts for nothing scientists say, obesity is what drives early death. The Telegraph. Retrieved on 12/26/15 from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12060671/Fat-but-fit-counts-for-nothing-scientists-say-obesity-is-what-drives-early-death.html.

Yeager, D. (2015).  Overweight/obesity: Can clients be fat but fit? Today’s Dietitian. Retrieved on 12/26/15 from http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/050515p12.shtml.

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