Fitness vs Fatness

Losing Weight After A Heart Attack – Fitness vs Fatness

A new study published in the European Heart Journal shows that people can be overweight or obese but healthy and fit. How is that possible? If you are overweight and have been struggling with weight loss, it is important to understand that it is more important to be healthy versus yo-yoing your weight around.

If you are overweight and “metabolically healthy” where you have a high fitness level and eat well, you are better off than someone who is of “normal weight” and who is “metabolically unhealthy”.

Obesity is a known risk factor to heart disease which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. Now it is known that fitness will trump this effect. The metabolic complications of obesity can be protected with increase fitness level and proper nutrition.

People can be obese but metabolically healthy and fit, with no greater risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer than normal weight people, according to the largest study ever to have investigated this seeming paradox.

The research found that 46% of the obese participants were metabolically healthy and this decreased the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by between 30% and 50%. Not all obese people have the same prognosis. Fitness levels should be assessed and also metabolic markers to ensure obese people are “metabolically fit”.

So for those people who are “fit looking” with a healthy body weight does not make you immune to heart disease. And for those people who are overweight or obese losing weight should not be your primary focus. Start to get healthy. What does that mean? Yes the 3 usual suspects; exercise, nutrition and stress management.

I know our society is predominantly physically oriented forcing us to go on fad diets. But in order for you to prevent or reverse heart disease get your heart and you “metabolically fit” and you will feel great. The pounds will start to come off as you do the right things on a consistent basis.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

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