Weight Isn't Everything

These questions about health and the effectiveness of dieting are very often met with the assertion that being fat is, fundamentally, unhealthy; so, everyone should try and lose weight. However, there are several diseases and conditions that are associated with higher then 'normal' weight, but they are not necessarily a direct result of it.

It is true to say that, whilst fat people are much more likely to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and other metabolic problems; the correlation between being overweight, and the conditions just mentioned, reduces quite significantly if those fat people are active: if they take regular exercise and eat a sensible and healthy diet. In other words, 'weight loss the healthy way'.

There are thinner, sedentary, people can be at an even greater risk than people who are fat but who are, otherwise, in good physical condition. Yes, it is true that sometimes a person can be fat and unhealthy; but his, or her, weight might not be the biggest contributory factor in this.

It's all a matter of eating a sensible and nutritious diet and getting regular physical exercise: such as light walking, or jogging on a treadmill for around thirty minutes a day. You may be fat and unhealthy, but it might not be your weight that is the biggest problem! However, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't make some time to get some exercise and to eat a lower calorie diet; and don't forget portion sizes either!

Who Should Reduce?

Clinical studies have repeatedly shown that, if you have diabetes, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure ol high cholesterol, you overall physical condition will improve if you lose about 10% of your body weight. Losing more than this does not seem to provide additional benefit; although, if you are a woman, it could help you wear smaller clothes! :-) However, you should always aim for weight loss the healthy way.

If you have any of the above mentioned conditions, it's very important to be careful of how you lose weight; and, you should only do it in conjunction with a good nutritious and calorie controlled diet, and some regular exercise. This is the most important part of staying healthy, no matter how much extra weight you are carrying.