It’s widely believed that weight and health go hand in hand, but this isn’t necessarily always the case. In one study, 5,440 participants were assessed for early signs of heart disease: triglyceride levels, blood pressure, high-density cholesterol, fasting blood glucose and signs of insulin resistance. (4)
Researchers found that one third of adults of ‘normal, healthy weight’ had more of these early signs of degenerative disease than one third of those who were considered ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’. So the relationship between weight and health isn’t quite as clear-cut as we are often lead to believe.
This is at least in part due to the fact that the weight of a person shows nothing about their body-fat percentage – which refers to how much lean mass they have as a percentage of their storage fat. The point is that lean mass is dense, heavy… and keeps your body young and healthy. The more lean mass you’ve got, the better, and a great many people lose lean mass on diets, believing this is good because they are losing ‘weight’. However, what they really wanted to lose was fat.
A great example comes from one of my seminars. One woman there had been working with my book and CD for some months before she came to do a seminar with me. She said she had already dropped two or three dress sizes over this time but was dismayed when she weighed herself recently and found that she hadn’t lost any weight at all. She shook her head and said, “I told myself, this isn’t working!!!” But she was confused because she couldn’t deny that she was wearing smaller sizes.
What had happened was that she had been eating food that gave her body the nutrients needed to build and maintain her (heavy) lean mass, while burning off her fat, which didn’t weigh nearly as much.