If you’re overweight you’re more likely to have a heart attack, especially if you’re weight is around the stomach area. If you lose weight you can cut the risk of heart disease. Overweight people improve their blood pressure by losing weight. The most common form of heart disease among people is called coronary heart disease. It occurs when the coronary arteries bringing blood to the heart get clogged up fat which causes them to narrow. To lose weight you need to use up more energy (calories) than your body takes in from food and drink. If possible you should try taking in fewer calories, and using more calories by getting more active. However much you change your eating and exercise patterns, a weight loss of one pound (1/2 kilo) is all you should expect. Losing weight to quickly may not be good for you as your body rebels against crash dieting in a number of ways. Quick weight loss can slow your metabolic down which can make it even harder to lose weight. Gradual weight loss is really the safest and most effective way to lose weight. A regular eating pattern is an important part of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Research has shown that people who eat breakfast are more likely to be a healthy weight. Also, eating three meals a day enables you to eat a wider variety of foods, which makes it easier for you to get all the nutrients you need for good health. Eating and drinking fewer calories doesn’t mean that you have to count them it’s about the quality of the foods you eat as the amount you consume. Whilst watching your weight, you also have to plan the amounts of food you eat. Everyone is different, but as a rule most people will lose weight if they eat or drink between 1,500 and 1,800 calories (kcal) a day. Weight loss should be slow and steady. Women tend to need fewer calories than men. If you’re female choose 1,500 calories (kcal). If you’re male choose 1800 calories (kcal). Exercise and activity can make a real difference to...
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