Is it really OK to be a tad heavy?

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 11:54 AM

Could the timing be any worse for the latest obesity bulletin from medical researchers? Hardly.

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vesta44Jan. 13, 13 2:07 PM

And what no one wants you to know is that repeated dieting is the best way in the world to get fatter. Want to gain weight? Go on a diet, restrict the amount of calories you eat, and when you find that restriction isn't sustainable for life, go off the diet and gain back every pound you lost, plus possibly a few more. Do the often enough and you can go from being slightly overweight to morbidly obese quite easily. Most diets work for short-term weight loss, but don't work to keep that weight off forever. If you truly want to be healthy, try eating as wide a variety of foods as possible, in moderation; find some form of exercise/movement that you like to do and will continue to do, and do that for at least half an hour a day, every day. If that gets/keeps your blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol in the normal range, and you feel good/can do the things you want to do, then you're helping your health and where your weight falls doesn't really matter. Focus on your health, not your weight. Thin doesn't always mean healthy and fat doesn't always mean unhealthy.

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