For most of us, it began around the time we hit puberty. That’s when we launched into our lifelong battle against body fat. And, sadly, many folks will go to their graves, still obsessed with winning that war.
After all, we’re told our entire lives that body fat is enemy number one. It’s made perfectly clear that we should do everything within our power to burn it off so we can achieve the ultimate prize.
And that, of course, is to be THIN.
No one is pressured more in that department than women. But ladies, it’s time to turn down the dial on that nonsense. Because while you DO want to avoid obesity, you DON’T have to stress yourself out about every bit of body fat.
And you certainly don’t need to starve yourself to be thin.
In fact, new research reveals how a little extra jiggle in the middle isn’t just safe. It could even SAVE your life.
And if you do it right, you can have the best of both worlds. You can sport a healthy weight with little effort while ALSO getting maximum protection from one of today’s leading killers.
How BODY FAT can save your bacon
“Burn fat and build muscle.” That’s been the mainstream’s mantra for decades.
And sure, no one is going to argue with that. It’s obvious, you definitely want more muscle than fat. For example, in men, having high muscle mass with low body fat can cut your death risk from heart disease by 60 percent.
But as fat increases, the benefit drops. So guys with high muscle mass who also have higher fat levels get only about 24 percent protection.
But researchers say the script appears to be flipped in women. For ladies, high muscle alone offers almost NO protection from heart risk, according to the new study.
However, high muscle with a bit of body fat? THAT makes a HUGE difference.
In fact, in older women, high muscle mass with a little bit of jiggle can slash the risk of death from heart problems by an impressive 42 percent over 15 years.
BALANCE is the key to both happiness and health
Naturally, this doesn’t mean you should simply give up and let yourself go. A healthy diet and exercise remain just as crucial as ever.
But it ALSO means it’s time to stop obsessing. You need to quit treating every little jiggle or wiggle as if it’s a disaster. It’s not just bad for your self-esteem. The fact is a little body fat may help protect you.
But, as is often the case in life, balance is the answer. Because too much body fat is bad too. Obesity is a key driver of metabolic dysfunction and everything that comes with it, including diabetes and heart disease.
As the study shows, you need muscle mass to go with the body fat. Otherwise you get NO protection at all. So go ahead and take some common-sense steps to keep your strength UP and your waistline DOWN.
A great way to do that is switch to a lower carb or Mediterranean style diet and adopt some daily exercise such as walking, swimming, or dancing.
And if you need a little extra help targeting that excess jiggle, I’ve got the inside scoop on an unexpected fat-burner which I will tell you all about later this week. Be sure to watch your inbox for that.
And for some delicious snack options that won’t add inches to your waistline, check out this list of body-fat burning munchies.
But ladies, the bottom line is you should stop stressing over trying to lose those last few extra inches to reach some fitness magazine’s notion of an “ideal” body. Going to war over a bit of excess body fat could backfire on you, leaving you and your heart MORE vulnerable.