Reduce Your Weight!  Today more than 62% of Americans are either overweight or obese; a virtual epidemic that affects all genders, races and ages.  In fact, some experts fear that the rising obesity rates among children may mean that the next generation will have shorter life spans than their parents.

In theory, losing weight is simple – you just need to take in fewer calories than you burn. But in reality, to reduce your weight can be very difficult to do. Committing to a balanced, low-fat, high-fiber diet and getting some heart-pumping exercise every day is the place to start. And remember, you didn’t gain all that weight overnight, so don’t expect to lose it overnight either. Over time, small, consistent reductions in meal portions, snacks and total calories, combined with regular exercise, will get he weight off—and keep it off.

Figure Your BMI

Your body mass index (BMI) is an indicator of whether you’re overweight. To determine your BMI:

1. Multiply your weight in pounds x 705
2. Divide that number by your height in inches.
3. Divide that number by your height in inches again.
4. Use the information below to see how you tip the scales.

If your BMI is less than 18.5, you are underweight.

If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, you are healthy weight.

If your BMI is 25 to 29.9, you are overweight.

If your BMI is 30 to 39.9, you are obese.

If your BMI is 40 or higher, you are extremely obese.

10 Easy Steps to Taking It Off:

1. Evaluate your current eating and exercise habits
2. Reduce your meal portions by 20% to 50%
3. Eat four or more servings of vegetables a day
4. Eliminate fast foods
5. Choose only healthy, low-calorie snacks
6. Don’t eat while watching TV, playing video games or working at the computer
7. Drink only calorie-free beverages and skim milk
8. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day
9. Set realistic weight-loss goals
10. Drink lots of water.

What are you weighting for?

Get rid of those excess pounds and reduce your risk of developing serious health problems, including:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Some Types of Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Gall Bladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis

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