Oats, Oats, They’re Good for your Heart…
…the more you eat, the more you….lower your cholesterol? I have no good rhyme.
Don’t mind me, just singing to myself as I eat my oats.
Fabulous bowl of oatmeal this am: oats, wheat germ, flax, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, walnuts, peanut buttah!
Oooch I can feel last night’s Pilates class for sure! I had a feeling I’d be a bit sore when I left a little jello-y.
Did you know …
Thin doesn’t always mean fit.
Continuing last week’s discussion, just because you’re thin doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fit. The same goes for the other way around: just because someone is overweight doesn’t mean they’re not in good shape. This phenomenon is being labeled a new ‘health hazard’- it’s being called “skinny fat”.
Being skinny doesn’t mean someone doesn’t have a large proportion of body fat relative to their body size. This can increase the risk for a whole host of diseases- high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, etc. Just because you can’t see it jiggle doesn’t mean there’s no fat there. Having fat that surrounds your organs is even more dangerous, and increases your mortality risk.
As far as health & longevity go, fitness is actually more important than weight. Research has shown that cardiovascular fitness plays a greater role in mortality than whether someone is fat or skinny. Interestingly enough, the death rate is no greater for someone who is obese & fit, than someone who is normal weight & fit.
I am by no means saying weight isn’t relevant at all, but it seem so often the focus is only on weight. Numbers only mean so much- there’s a lot more to it!
I can personally verify the skinny fat phenomenon: I had my body composition measured during my internship. Although I was a healthy body weight for my height, I had significantly too much body fat compared to lean muscle mass. i also had a high LDL (bad) cholesterol. It was definitely an eye opener- weight isn’t the only measure of health.
What are your thoughts?!