When they want to get fit and healthy, many people automatically think of losing weight. A few will think about adding muscle, but most will be concentrating on the weight loss aspect.

However. weight loss is not always synonymous with better health.

Oh, there is an excellent chance that, in most instances, getting rid of some excess weight will result in improvement in some areas of physical wellbeing. Your blood pressure might improve, for example, or your arthritis might not bother you as much, but that does not mean that your overall health is better simply because you shed a few pounds.

The total health benefits of any fitness program or nutrition regimen will be dependent on many factors.

Your age, your sex, your present and past lifestyle, your genetic make-up, as well as many other variables will be involved in the overall outcome.

You cannot control your age, sex, or genetic inheritance, but there are good lifestyle choices and bad ones which can have a strong impact on your health. Choosing the wrong ones, particularly in combination, can result in a general increase, or even a decrease in health, even though one or two specific factors may still be positively affected. However, just as weighing more than what a chart says you should does not mean you are not healthy, weighing what the chart says does not necessarily mean that you ARE healthy either.

One example often given is that of the muscular athlete who, while in prime physical condition, weighs more than the charts say is the best weight for physical health.

For most people, being overweight creates a condition of risk for many health issues in addition to reducing the ability of the individual to enjoy life, or have a high level of self-esteem. Simply changing the weight to a lower level does not automatically produce better health.

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