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Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies, 3rd Edition by James M. Rippe

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Chapter 10

Managing Your Weight to Lower Your Risk

In This Chapter

arrow Seeing how losing a little weight can make a big difference

arrow Developing your own weight-loss eating plan

arrow Adding physical activity to boost weight loss

arrow Finding support for your efforts

If you are overweight or obese, one of the best things you can do to reduce multiple risk factors for heart disease is to lose weight. Losing as few as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can make a significant difference. For many people that’s just 10 to 15 pounds.

warning.eps The major problem with being overweight is that those extra pounds not only represent an independent risk for developing heart disease but also increase other factors. For example, being overweight increases the risk of high blood pressure, the risk of higher LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, and the risk of type 2 diabetes. The risk is also greater when the extra fat is in your abdominal area (apple shaped) rather than in your thighs and legs (pear-shaped) because that ...

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