Why being healthily slim is important
Being fit is more important than being thin
Thinness is in the air. We see it everywhere. But take another look. Do you think all those thin people are particularly healthy? It’s important to be healthily thin, and this fact is being totally overlooked by the hordes hankering to look ‘model-thin’. Anorexia is becoming a common problem. It’s not that being thin is unhealthy but being thin by losing your health is definitely unhealthy.
Not only teenagers, but men and women between the ages of 20 and 40 years are also becoming badly influenced by this trend. In order to look reed thin they are willing to do just about anything to lose weight. They go on unsolicited diets, follow fad-diets and every conceivable dieting tip culled from magazines and books or advice from uninformed friends. The signs of being thin but not healthy are:
- Thinning and dull hair;
- Dark circles under the eyes;
- Pale looking skin;
- Catching colds and coughs frequently (three to four times in a year);
- Frequent indigestion;
- Dull eyes;
- Low immunity; and
- Low iron levels.
The most popular ways of losing weight, that can cause nutritional deficiencies and the above mentioned symptoms if followed for more than three to four months are as follows:
- Cutting down on main meals and opting for only fruits for a meal;
- Going without breakfast and eating only fruits till noon;
- Going off milk and milk products;
- Fasting to lose weight;
- Eating high protein diet or following soya-only diets; and
- Exercising heavily but not eating enough to replace lost nutrients.
Looking slim and fit with a good figure is highly desirable but never at the cost of your health. Everyone’s end goal should be to achieve optimal fitness levels. Losing weight is an obvious by product of being as fit as you can possibly be. Remember, a tree with strong roots can withstand the severest of storms. Similarly, if our bodies are well nourished, they can withstand the ravages of time, ageing, stress, environmental facts like pollution and negative hereditary predispositions.