It is a common idea if you are overweight or obese, you must be unhealthy as well. While there is a good reason behind this, it is not always the case. There are indeed exceptions, which means even if you are above a healthy weight, you can still be healthy: up to an extent, of course.
First, let us examine why there is a relationship between being overweight and being unhealthy. Usually, having a high body fat percentage is a serious complication on its own. The body is simply not able to function optimally when body fat becomes excessive…
- plaque builds up within blood vessels,
- blood sugar rises,
- cardiovascular health degrades, and
- vital organs like the heart and kidneys are affected.
Even liver function can be impaired, as it is forced to sustain greater stress.
Essentially, excess body fat is chronically taxing on the body. Not to mention it can facilitate the development of Type 2 diabetes, which is a corrosive disease by itself.
But… even if you are overweight, it does not mean you also have to be unhealthy.
Ideally, you will do what is necessary to lose weight and improve your health. Your well-being will benefit from fighting to return to a healthy weight.
That said, weight loss is not something you will be successful with in a short period. It could take many months. Perhaps even a year or two for you to reach your ideal weight and maintain it. It is important not to focus too much on these details. Progress is not linear, so it is hard to estimate the time commitment lying ahead of you. Not that it ultimately matters, anyway. What is crucial is to adopt the habits and changes to start to improve your condition immediately.
Don’t worry about how long it will take for you to lose weight, or even if you’ll ever reach your intended goal. You can get there eventually. In the meantime, however, you ought to focus on actionable plans for your health that you can immediately set in motion.
These plans will get your health on track even if you are still overweight…
First and foremost comes a healthy diet. Do not underestimate the benefits of healthy eating and the benefit it can have on your well-being. Cooking more and eating fewer processed meals is a great start.
Secondly, you can get physically active, or add to your current routine if it is lacking. Be honest with yourself. Exercise on its own will make a significant difference – there is such a thing as being “fat and fit.”
Lastly, finishing touches include…
- cutting down on alcohol,
- getting more sleep, and
- eliminating stress from your life as much as you can.
You should know there is no harm in being overweight and unfit. The problem occurs when you refuse to change your ways when you are aware that you must.