Fat and Fit?

Generally, when we overweight people, we immediately think he or she is unhealthy. But according to Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. of the Mayo Clinic, you can be fat and still be relatively fit. It all depends on whether the extra weight is muscle or fat.

Muscle weight

If the extra weight you carry is muscle, you are at a lesser risk of diseases.

Fat

However, if that extra weight you carry is fat, your risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and stroke is higher – even if your exercise. According to Zeratsky, carrying extra fat pounds does not mean that you are not benefiting from exercise. Exercising regularly lowers you risk of certain diseases, and may also help you live longer even if you are overweight or obese.

Health risks

Being overweight requires your heart to work harder to get blood circulating throughout the body, thus increasing your risk of heart disease. Reducing your weight puts less strain on your heart and lowers your risk of heart disease. Exercise can also reduce your risk of heart disease if you are overweight or obese. But even then, you are still at an increased risk of diabetes.

In your 40s and 50s, a few extra pounds may also put you at an increased risk of developing these diseases later in life, even if you have no other risk factors for them.

Importance of exercise

Still, according to Zeratsky, how much you weigh is not the only factor to your fitness. Even thin people are a t an increased risk of heart disease if they are not getting any exercise. Exercise improves overall health.

It is necessary in maintaining muscle and a healthy weight. Experts recommend getting at least 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five or more days a week. If you want to lose weight, eat a healthy diet, cut back on your portions, and increase the duration and intensity of your workout.

Source: Mayo Clinic