Obesity/overweight is unhealthy, whatever form it might take. Recent studies, research and discoveries familiarize people with fancy names such as ‘healthy obesity’, ‘fat but fit’ and so on. Newton’s law of motion never changes forever, likewise, obesity/overweight can never become healthy. There might be variations here and there which make some overweight/obese individuals comparatively healthier than others, but these people can never become a role-model for health until they reach their healthy weight ranges. When we understand this basic yet confused concept, our goals in life become clearer and we start working towards good health and well-being.
A pair of studies by a research team at the University of Michigan surprises people with its results that overweight people who break down fat speedily are less healthy than their counterparts who store fats more effectively. One might instantly go wild reading this as obese/overweight people exercise and diet to get rid of fat tissues and reach normal weight. Such results are ought to cause confusion and irritation among public as individuals are perplexed on their next course of action regarding their weight loss!
The study’s intention is not to confuse the individual but to convey the fact that when fat breaks down, fatty acids released from the adipose tissue don’t get flushed out but get stored elsewhere in the body. Repetition of this process frequently leads to harmful accumulation of fatty acids in every other tissue and organ paving way for insulin resistance-typical risk factor for diabetes and heart disease.
Most of us know that obese people are prone to developing insulin resistance, but the same concept had a boomerang effect on one-third of the study participants as they did not develop insulin resistance. Samples of the adipose tissue showed that the healthier study participants:
The second study involved collecting fat tissues from two groups (one group exercised regularly and the other didn’t) of overweight individuals after their aerobic session. The post-exercise blood vessel count is another clear indication of the immediate benefits of just one session of exercising-new blood vessels erupted and the regularly exercising group was equipped with more blood vessel count. Blood vessels play a crucial role in determining health of an individual and many problems start when supply through these vessels is hindered. Increase in weight increases demand of blood flow to fat tissues and when this does not happen, it results in a series of unhealthy conditions.
Don’t Get it Wrong-Adipose Tissue
We are all allergic to the adipose tissue as we feel it to be the sole cause for diseases and obesity problems but all it does is to store energy in the form of fat. Generally situated beneath the skin, sometimes the tissue also surrounds internal organs. All the excess energy accumulated when we eat too much gets stored in the adipose tissue. Now, who is to be blamed for the excess fat storage-the person who eats inconsiderate of portion sizes or the tissue that enables storage of energy from this food? But don’t get the study wrong, in no way does it recommend people to overeat/remain obese. All that it suggests is to have a safe place to safeguard the excess energy produced. Regular physical activity equips the person with a healthy fat-storing environment which becomes of utmost use when individuals overeat (excess energy gets stored in this environment). Get your queries cleared and your diet planned to enable healthier fat accumulation by getting in touch with reputed dietitians/nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com.
Individuals might have equal portions of body fat but those individuals who rigorously train their body (with physical activity) to accommodate excess fat using the adipose tissue in the right way might remain much safer from type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related diseases.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.