I can say I have gone through the whole circle when it comes to being thin-to fat-to fit. Why am I even picking this topic? Because it hurts me to see how ignorant at times people are when it comes to this.
How many times have you told people, oh you have put on some weight?
Wow! You have lost so much!!
Trust me I think if we were to monitor women conversations, I think 60% of the times we discuss weight and diet, 20% kids and 10% maids, all other topics don’t stand a chance. So I thought of clearing this one misconception people have.
Here are three terms you need to make yourself familiar with
Let’s tackle THIN is NOT FIT first !!
Thin is NOT weak either!!
You might think you know this, but tell me have you recently met a lady or a man who is little on a plumper side and you have seen them slog in the gym, run, swim like a pro and haven’t wondered,
” She exercises so much, I wonder why she hasn’t lost weight”
or seen a petite girl who just started gymming and not gone and told her why are you doing all this, do you want to disappear? And then wondered when she can lift the heavy weights that you never imagined she could.
And also, FIT does not necessarily mean HEALTHY!!
So imagine a person who runs daily and doesn’t even lose a breath while running, but the moment he/she reaches office it’s a desk job, add late evenings and that necessary glass of beer and late night parties! Well, that’s exactly the person who is fit but is definitely leading an unhealthy lifestyle.
This is again where people make the common mistake of mixing fitness with good health. Yes, fitness is the key to a healthy lifestyle but so is managing stress, eating right and sleeping well.
Studies by Scientists at the Mayo clinic support the fact that many individuals with the so-called normal body weight and BMI had high percentages of body fat, the disposition to cardiac diseases and various degrees of metabolic disorders. So, effectively they were equally likely to develop coronary heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses when compared to certain obese individuals.
Here is some #MaaGyan for you!!
Stop being obsessed with Kilos and Pounds
Total body weight is a criterion for an overall assessment of your health and not a definitive one. So, weighing scales might mislead you and can actually disguise your odds of getting a heart disease.
Do an assessment of your body fat
You can ask your doctor or request your fitness center for body fat assessment or body weight analysis. The method used is non-invasive and would give you a fair idea of your body composition. A body fat percentage higher than 30 percent is considered detrimental for your health.
The need to track this fat every six months or at least annually is required.
A lipid profile is a test done after withdrawing some quantity of your blood. Your doctor can prescribe this test for you. This is a routine test done in most diagnostic labs. This test measures your Cholesterol and Triglycerides. You will get readings for HDL, LDL, and VLDL.
The test results which should ring the bell are low HDL, high LDL or VLDL and elevated triglycerides. High blood sugar and blood pressure are risk factors for lifestyle diseases as well.
Target to shed your belly fat
If you’re diagnosed with Normal Weight Obesity, you must aim to reduce your belly fat. Waist measurements above 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men are considered unhealthy. You can reduce your visceral fat by following a simple exercise plan that involves cardio, strength training, and interval training, on a daily basis. Also, you need to ditch refined Sugars and Carbohydrates.
Pay Attention To What You Eat
A lot of us do comfort eating and don’t even realise how much is going in our bodies. If you just really pay attention, the body always tells you when it is full, when it wants to eat. Don’t starve it and don’t eat just because it is time for dinner. Give it rest at times by fasting. Trust me, this along with a proper fitness routine and you will not need to follow any fad diets and you can maintain yourself without harming your body.
Is the most neglected aspect of our lives. A lot of us gloat in the fact that they need less sleep, the others pay more emphasis to late night parties or early morning fitness routine but whatever the reason long-term effects of depriving your body of sleep can be very harmful.
Again not much attention is paid to it. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin-rich red blood cells, which carry oxygen from your lungs to your muscles. So if haemoglobin is low, you may feel weak and tired.
Finally, you will be surprised but the overweight individuals could actually be at a lesser risk of diseases, provided their body-fat percentage is less than 30 percent and their blood tests turn out to be normal. So, yes people, sorry to burst your bubble but Thin is not Fit and being Fit does not necessarily make you healthy!!
I could make a lot of sense with what you said, buddy. In fact, I wish to make you my guide in health and fitness. Will ping you personally.
Prerna Sinha says
Yes, sure! I would love that!
Great post. Couldn’t agree more. I have always been on the thinner side but have been fit. We need to watch out many factors as you mentioned to get fit rather than thin.
Prerna Sinha says
Thank You Rashmi
Jiya B says
Very well said. This is not healthy or fit, it’s active who one can call healthy. I really liked your post and it covers a good aspect to bust this myth.
Prerna Sinha says
Thank You Jiya
I look fit but end up eating unhealthy and upset my stomach! Loved how you explained so many things in the post! Thanks!
Charu Chhitwal says
“Thin is fit” is the biggest issue with so many lean framed people, I wish they would understand thin and fit are two different things
Megha Patni says
Yes. I believe more than trying to look like a celebrity or a model or anyone else, it’s more important to look and feel healthy and as you stated, yes we do need to lose belly fat first. An eye opener blog!
Thank you so much for this post. Someone finally said it. People really need to get that thin is not fit
Reetuparna Saha says
I will say I completely agree with your take on weight and being fit. Measuring body fat is indeed important. And shedding visceral belly fat is what I personally need to focus on. Thanks for discussing on this with so much panache!
Dipika Singh says
You have spoken, er.. written my mind here! Yes, many point out on strength/vitality directly proportionate to body mass. Well, that’s a donkey’s logic.
As you mentioned well in the post – Indians and even world over people are obsessed with shedding kilos or inches. No one talks about being healthy – perpetually.
Jhilmil Bhansali says
Exactly, if you have sufficient Haemoglobin, a perfect BMI, and an active lifestyle then even a thin person is perfectly fit. I’m little lean and people stare when I go for my exercise, they don”t differentiate that exercise is for being healthy and not just to be thin;)
Sabeeka Lambe says
We women should read this again and again.. Bookmark it and come back to it the moment someone tells us you are looking chubby and we start feeling guilty.. I completely believe that we must look after our health and not just use the weighing scale as an indicator… Having said that our society is conditioned in such a way it often it’s all about appearances… So it is our responsibility not to pass on the same to our kids
Rakhi Parsai says
I have always been on the healthy side (Not fat but not fit) and thought that it’s not good and constantly wanted to do something about it. You have shared some really helpful things that a person needs to know about their body and do things to make it healthy as well. I guess paying attention to what goes in the body is important.
Deepika Verma says
Fitness from within is more important than outer body shape… I totally agree with your post
VERY NICE INFORMATION FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. IT’S TRUE, IN MY CASE, SLEEP IS MOST NEGLECTED. I WILL DEFINITELY TAKE CARE OF IT.