Does Your Weight REALLY Matter? (Shocking)
It’s the first thing they do when you show up for a doctor’s appointment… it doesn’t matter if you’re there for a cold or a hangnail.
They make you step on the scale.
Maybe your doc or a nurse even shakes their head disapprovingly behind you.
We’ve been conditioned to absolutely OBSESS about our weight.
But is it as important as we’ve always thought?
A new study tried to get to the bottom of the issue – and you’re going to be shocked at what they found.
An interesting study was published in the American Medical Association's journal.
Researchers looked at the fitness levels and body compositions of 2,603 older adults (average age 64).
After measuring their body fat percentage and calculating their BMI, they asked these individuals to do an exercise treadmill test to determine their physical fitness.
They then followed those participants for 12 years to determine their death rate.
The result? The participants who scored highest in terms of physical fitness died at half the rate of the physically unfit subjects.
It didn’t matter what body fat percentage or BMI the participants had.
The study suggests that a high level of fitness is much more important than reaching an ideal body weight.
So… what’s going on?
As I've said many times before: muscle strength and muscle mass are the most important factors for longevity.
In another study of over 400,000 middle-aged and older adults in the United Kingdom, researchers looked at muscle function and body fat. What they found was the men who had the least body fat were the weakest – somehow having body fat helps muscles stay fit.
Other studies prove the same: the more muscle mass you have, the healthier you are, no matter how much fat you have on your body.
Now, I don't want you to ignore body fat completely, because the higher amount of body fat, the more you are at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses.
But I'd much rather have you exercising and building muscle than focusing on weight loss.
Let me show you how.
Dr. Scott’s Muscle Maintaining Recipe
Building muscles requires two things:
- Exercise: The first is that you need to move your body around a bit. Yes, this means you need to do some sort of exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, just get out and move your body. If all you can do is walk, then do that, but exercising including strength training is one of the keys to keeping your muscle mass as you age.
- The right nutrition: Protein is your friend. Most older adults need more protein. Animal proteins including dairy, chicken, fish, eggs, and lean red meat are complete proteins that contain all of the essential amino acids required for muscle growth. You can also try protein powders.
Health and Happiness,
Dr. Scott Olson
View More Free Articles
If you’re a man over 50, there are probably few things you fear more than getting prostate cancer. And who could blame you? Because most mainstream treatments can leave you in pain… incontinent… and even interfere with your performance in the bedroom. Fortunately, there’s a way to STOP prostate cancer – and its painful treatments...
If you or someone you love suffers from inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, you already know it’s miserable. The endless pain, gas, and bloating are enough to drive anyone mad. And the mainstream treatments do little to stop these uncomfortable symptoms. But there’s more to worry about. Because a new study shows that having IBD...
Can we have a moment of honesty about skim milk? It tastes terrible. It’s like white water — and I guess you can get used to it, but why should you? We’ve always been told that skim milk is healthier, and that we’ll all live longer if we drink it. But what if that’s not...
You know by now that you need to be extra careful to avoid people who may be infected with this new coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re getting bombarded with daily messages about good hygiene, “social distancing,” and avoiding large crowds. And that’s all good advice. But if your head is constantly on a swivel, looking for anyone...
Being in constant pain is no picnic. And if you’re dealing with peripheral artery disease (PAD), you know exactly what I’m talking about. When you have PAD, your arteries narrow — and that reduces blood flow to your arms and legs. Folks with PAD suffer from chest pain, tightness, cramping, and leg problems that can...
Big Pharma is at it again. It’s not enough that they make billions upon trillions of dollars hocking useless and dangerous drugs. And that they’re not afraid to use that fortune to keep the cash pouring in. Now, they’ve figured out a sneaky way to new drugs on the market. And it could RUIN the...
The dangerous strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading around the country fast. And seniors and folks with compromised immune systems are having a particularly hard time with it. Some are even dying. I hope that you and the people you love are all safe from coronavirus. But when you or someone you care about beats...
If you’re over 50 and trying to lose weight, you already know how hard it can be. You eat tiny meals… stay away from fat… and you never miss your daily walks. Yet, your scale never budges. But it doesn’t have to be this way any longer. Researchers have just discovered an easy way to...
There’s a fake news epidemic in this country today — and it’s not just affecting politics. I can’t BELIEVE some of the things I’ve been reading online and on social media about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It’s like some pathetic souls have nothing better to do than spread lies and misinformation, and send everyone into...
If you’re over 50, you probably already know you need to watch your triglycerides. These unhealthy blood fats can send your risk of heart attack and stroke through the roof. But your mainstream doc won’t help you get them down. He’ll just push risky drugs… impossible diets… and workout plans that would make a Navy...