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Lose weight in a healthy way

Lose weight in a healthy way

Nearly all of us would like to lose a few pounds. But when losing weight, you should focus on your health and not your pants size. Here are some tips and information that can help you slim down in a healthy way.

Reach your goal weight

Diet and exercise seem simple enough. But during a busy week, it’s not easy sticking with a healthy diet and exercise plan. Most people have to cut 500 calories a day to lose one pound per week.1 You can cut these calories from your diet by doing simple things like:

Healthy eating and physical activity tips

Waist size and body mass index (BMI)

There are a few numbers you should know when finding out if you’re a healthy size. Your weight is just one of them. Waist size is another. Waist size is important because fat can build up around your waist and cause future health problems. Waist size is easy to measure. Wrap a tape measure around your waist, just above your hip bones. Breathe out, then measure. A measurement over 35 inches for women or over 40 inches for men is a sign that you are at greater risk for heart disease or type 2 diabetes.7 You should also know your body mass index (BMI). It is measured by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches. Then, divide this answer by your height in inches again. Finally, multiply this answer by 703. Or, save time by using the handy calculator on the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute site at nhlbisupport.com/bmi. Studies have shown that people with a BMI of 25 or more are more likely to die early from heart disease or cancer. The chances are higher for people with a BMI of 30.

Exercises for people who don’t like to exercise

It’s a lot easier to get the exercise you need if you enjoy what you’re doing. Choose an activity from the list below and do it for at least 10 minutes at a time. Your goal is to get 30 minutes of activity each day.

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