Of course this whole question rests on how you define overweight and how you define healthy. If you find that you are gaining weight year on year and you keep having to buy bigger sizes that is clearly a problem. You are storing too much and not burning enough and your blood sugar control is under stress. You are probably in pre-diabetes or actual diabetes. You may be told that you have “metabolic syndrome” and that is simply a summary of this whole paragraph
In general the metabolic approach is a good one. I’d only add an inflammation factor to the mix.
If you depart from the traditional approach of all peoples around the world and eat a high meat diet – whether that is Atkins or Paleo or other fad diet then you expect your C-reactive protein numbers to rise and a slow build up to a chronic inflammatory disease. You can get your CRP checked very easily from a simple blood test and it is a million times more important than knowing your blood type or your cholesterol numbers.
What matters is not an amount of sugar in your blood or an amount of cholesterol for that matter. Cholesterol is made by your liver, it really is not the problem that it has been made out to be. But if your cholesterol is oxidised then THAT is a problem because it shows inflammation.
And that is why you need your CRP info – because inflammation is the root cause behind, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and heart disease and many more chronic problems.
Forget your weight and just aim for a healthy and anti-inflammatory diet.
That kind of diet will pull your weight down fast and easy and will normalise your cholesterol numbers and more important – the inflammatory processes in your body.
Inflammation is good! It is part of our immune system but needs to be monitored so that we can take steps to stay healthy
“Overweight” itself is a sign that your diet is not working and you need a diet makeover! But get it from an expert Naturopath or Nutritionist and not from random websites with articles written by so called “Health Journalists”
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