When we talk about being healthy, the first thing that comes to the mind of an average man or woman is exercising and losing weight…  That’s definitely part of the process but then, there is a huge difference between losing weight and being healthy.

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Dr. Francisco has found in a research that people can be overweight and obese, but metabolically healthy and fit at the same time. After looking at over 64,000 patients with heart disease, the researchers saw that overweight individuals have no greater risk of dying from heart disease than any smaller persons.

“Our study suggests that metabolically healthy but obese people have a better fitness level than the rest of obese individuals. Based on the data that our group and others have collected over years, we believe that getting more exercise broadly and positively influences major body systems and organs and consequently contributes to make someone metabolically healthier, including obese people. In our study, we measure fitness, which is largely influenced by exercise,” he said.

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Often time, people associate weight with being healthy, but it is dangerous to focus on weight loss alone. It is also important to know that losing weight and losing fat are also quite different, although we tend to equate the two. According to LiveStrong, your goal should never be to lose weight, but instead, should always be to lose fat.  When you lose weight, you lose a little bit of everything…fat, muscle, fluids, organ size. But you want the majority of your weight loss to come from fat, not the other stuff.

Instead of concentrating so much on losing weight, it’s better to divert your energy to being healthy… Then, you lose weight in the process.

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