Obesity is linked to so many health complications, from infertility issues to type 2 diabetes to symptoms of arthritis. Aside from the medical problems, most people pursue weight loss to feel and look better. As I’ve pointed out before, you’ll have to wear the food that you choose to eat. But is it possible to be fit and obese? A study published in the European Heart Journal that analyzed over 43,000 participants acknowledged the many medical complications of obesity, but went on to state that some obese people may have a reduced risk of complications because of their metabolic health.
Metabolic health is determined by factors like cholesterol and blood pressure. Unsurprisingly, the obese participants who were metabolically healthy had a reduced risk of obesity-related problems, as compared to non-metabolically healthy obese people. However, the study author does not suggest that the results of the study provide an excuse to delay weight loss. Rather, he suggests that exercise should be promoted along with diet to fight the obesity epidemic. It should also be pointed out that insulin resistance was not measured in the study. So when you’re planning out your weight loss meal plan, don’t neglect to schedule in blocks of time for regular exercise. If you loathe the gym, go for a hike with a friend, walk your dog, or try a yoga class.