Being ‘slim’ is what people seem to idolise when thinking of health and happiness, but is this enough or should you be doing more?
‘Slim’ is quite a general term as such, but is mostly used when describing someone who has a healthy weight for their height. However, this is just one of many indicators of health.
We all have friends that seem to eat what we would consider high calorie foods and not put weight on, the likelihood is that they eat very little else for the rest of that day. To not put on weight and stay slim, you simply have to burn the same amount of calories that you eat. For instance if you weighed just 50kg and ate one pizza a day but nothing else, you won’t put any weight on as you would burn 1000 calories a day just sitting around.
However, this is NOT the way forward. Just because someone is a healthy weight does not in any way mean that they have a healthy body. If the food and drink they are consuming has a poor nutritional value the inside of their body will essentially be a mess and could lead to some pretty life threatening conditions.
- Diets high in saturated fat: high cholesterol and heart disease
- Diets high in sugar: weight gain and associated poor nutritional intake
- Diets high in salt: hypertension and heart disease
- Diets high in alcohol: liver disease (even for those who are not dependent), gout
- Diets low in fibre: bowel cancer
- Diets low in vitamins: impaired immune system
- Diets low in fluid: gout, kidney problems, UTIs, constipation
Another issue which should not be ignored, even if you do have a healthy weight, is daily exercise. It is recommended that you do AT LEAST 30 minutes of exercise a day. This will help reduce your risk of heart disease and type two diabetes. It will also help with other issues such as stress, constipation and depression.
SO…No it is not enough to be slim.