Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Could Losing Weight Be Toxic to Your Health?

You’ve heard a lot about the dangers of being overweight or obese. But could losing excess body weight, specifically fat, be dangerous to your health? That is what some people might be led to believe, based on a sound bite that was just aired on a local television station. According to that sound bite, losing weight could result in the release of toxic compounds from your fat cells and lead to a number of health problems.

The Real Dangers of Obesity
We all know that obesity leads to lifelong diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and a lot of other serious health problems. Obesity shortens the life span. Obesity reduces productivity. Obesity is financially costly. And obesity robs people of the enjoyment of life.

So, why would anyone suggest that losing weight could be dangerous to your health due to the release of chemicals from the fat cells? That is what I want to explore briefly in this blog.

The Benefits of Losing Weight if Your Are Overweight or Obese
Studies show that losing weight leads to significant improvements in diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease and numerous other health problems. These changes usually mean less medication, more productivity and an improved quality of life. The reduced cost of medical care resulting from weight loss is also significant. 

Toxic Fat Cells
The suggestion that losing weight could be somehow dangerous because toxins are released from your fat cells as you lose weight is a bit ludicrous. That is not to say that toxins are not released in the process of losing weight. But to even hint that somehow the release of the toxins from fat cells would be more dangerous than remaining obese is outrageous. Should you remain obese for fear that losing weight will somehow leave you worse off? Think about it. Does it make any sense?

Now, ask yourself, "Does the real danger of toxins in your body lie in their release from your fat cells or is the danger hidden in the tons of chemicals that the food and beverage industry add to the American food supply, which ultimately builds up in your fat cells and your liver?" And what about the tons of prescription drugs that Americans take everyday just to survive while they become more and more obese?

Would you be better off holding on to your fat cells, toxins and all, or should you get rid of those toxins and give yourself the chance for better health?

You be the judge.

That's just my 2 cents and a little food for thought.