London, UK -- (ReleaseWire) -- 11/21/2012 -- Lately, the craze for weight loss and looking good has gripped the world’s attention. Perfected sculptured men and women flaunting their bodies in magazines have become such a trend that everyone else reading them wants to be as attractive as the models are, chiseled muscles for men and thin reed figures for women. To respond to this phenomenon, fitness centers and clubs have mushroomed everywhere and diet programs promising immediate results in a few days are the trend. The internet became the main source of information both good and bad hence the need to sift information came to the fore.
There is no doubt that getting fit is a good decision. It is good to remember thought that getting fit goes beyond perfectly shaped bodies or getting as light as a weed. Glenn Gaesser, author of “Big Fat Lies” and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University says, “More often than not, cardiovascular fitness is a far more important predictor of mortality risk than just knowing what you weigh.”
A study conducted in 2005 by, an epidemiologist named Katherine Flegal, found that the biggest risks of death were associated with being at either end of the spectrum — underweight or severely obese. This presented an irony over traditionally held paradigms but most experts agree that the data have encouraged farther studies on the role of body fat. “Maintaining fitness is good and maintaining low weight is good,” Dr. Lavie said. “But if you had to go off one, it looks like it’s more important to maintain your fitness than your leanness. Fitness looks a little bit more protective.”
Another notable study was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Cooper Institute in Dallas. Based on their findings, Dr. Benjamin Willis, a staff epidemiologist at the Cooper Institute who led the study said, “Our study suggests that someone in midlife who moves from the least fit to the second-to-the-least-fit category of fitness gets more benefit,” in terms of staving off chronic diseases. And moving out of that least-fit category requires, he says, “only a small dose of exercise,” like 20 or 30 minutes of walking on most days of the week. He further adds, “You don’t have to become an athlete,” says Dr. Willis, who himself has little time for exercise but tries to fit in a daily walk. “Just getting up off the couch is the key.”
So it is plain and clear that having a healthy lifestyle far outweighs crash diet regimens that can be more harmful in the long fun.
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