Health or Weight? Which one is more important? Which one should we invest on?To answer these questions, lets investigate the correlation between our overall health and body weight.
Excess weight or obesity is often an indicator of either existence or risk of diseases. Fat accumulation at its core, occurs when the production of the hormone insulin in the pancreas abnormally increases or decreases. Insulin,in a nutshell, is responsible for taking the Glucose out of the blood and put it into our cells. This is where cool stuff happen: the cells utilize glucose to generate energy from carbohydrates we consume. We need this energy to keep our body working!
If, for any reasons, insulin level is high, our cells develop insulin resistance which means no glucose can enter the cells. Likewise, if the pancreas produces less insulin, we develop insulin deficiency and again our cells will not receive glucose to provide us with energy. As a result of either insulin resistance or deficiency, sugar will remain in our blood stream and body stores it as FAT units.
There are many other issues such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease that are related to the level of blood sugar. So, the bottom line is, an obese body cannot be Healthy!
You may say, wait a minute! Thin people may have heart disease, type 2 diabetes, etc too. That is true! Slim people are not guaranteed to be in the safe zone either. But, the good new is, a healthy body is always fit!
So, the answer to the questions above is that in order to achieve your ideal weight and maintain it, you need to address your health issues first. As long as our body is functioning properly, we don't really need to worry about how much weight we have as our body intelligently balances the amount of fat being stored in and released from our tissues.
Either you are obese or underweight, there are some steps to achieve your ideal body weight. Fit people can follow the steps too, but if you are obese , I suggest you to be extra conscious about your health. Stay tuned for the next post as I'm going to write about the steps you could take in order to be and look healthy from inside out.
Thanks for reading and I hope that this post has awakened you on this subject in some way. Please share your personal experiences or thoughts of Obesity. If you were/are obese, how have you tried to address it and have you been successful or not?
Till next post stay happy and healthy,