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How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

November 3, 2018

 

Losing Weight

and Keeping It Off

 

More than half of North American adults are presently considered overweight or obese, which puts them at risk for a variety of health problems, such as heart disease, some types of cancer, type-2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, respiratory disease, sleep apnea and osteoarthritis. Obesity in children has also become a disturbing trend, as it puts children at risk for adult health problems, including adult-onset diabetes.

Studies show that overweight individuals who reduce their body weight by 5% to 10% reap numerous health benefits, including lower LDL (bad cholesterol), higher HDL (good cholesterol), better blood glucose levels, lower blood pressure (high blood pressure is linked to heart disease), and lower triglycerides (high triglycerides in the blood are linked to heart disease and diabetes). A 160-pound woman who loses 8 to 16 pounds or a 200-pound man who loses 10 to 20 pounds can expect real health benefits.

Being physically active is likely the best way to maintain a healthy weight. Regular exercise also helps to control blood cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure. And the good news is that it is never too late to become active. In fact, studies show that sedentary individuals who begin to exercise actually reap the greatest benefits from physical activity. Becoming more physically active on a regular basis even protects people who are already overweight or obese.

Being active helps you burn calories and maintain lean muscle, which burns more calories than body fat. Ideally, you should get aim for an hour or more of activity each day to maintain a healthy body weight. This doesn’t mean working out at the gym for an hour every day. It could involve two ten-minute walks to do your errands, twenty minutes of dancing, cycling or home exercise, and twenty minutes playing actively with the kids.

 

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