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What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

Whether you’re looking to improve your overall health or simply slim down for summer, looking fit , and burning off excess fat can be quite challenging. Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle, new research suggests. It's not that gaining muscle while young proved to be a cardiovascular problem. It's just that losing fat offered bigger heart benefits. After following 3,200 British adults born in the 80s for a quarter-century, researchers found that those who lost fat were far less likely to develop heart disease risk factors like high glucose, inflammation, and bad cholesterol.

Health Benefits of Low Body Fats

Reduced Joint Pain: You might not think much about it now, but, you need healthy joints as you age. Excess weight can put more wear and tear on knee cartilage, leading to a painful condition called osteoarthritis. If you’re overweight, research shows that losing 11 pounds can decrease your likelihood of OA by more than 50 percent. 

Clothes Fit Better: I am assuming that you are also working out, not simply dieting to lose body fat. Due to your exercise, you should have some lean muscle to fill out the contours of your clothing while having a V-shape torso for the men and hourglass figure for the women.

Better Cardiovascular Health: Obesity is a risk factor for several cardiovascular problems, including hypertension and high cholesterol. These issues, which can weaken and clog the arteries, can eventually lead to heart attacks, stroke, and heart failure. Weight loss can lessen stress on the heart and lower the incidence of plaque buildup on the arterial walls.

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