John Candy, Dan Blocker and Marlon Brando shared more than talent, unfortunately. They're not-so-living proof of the latest findings on the risks of body fat: Obesity kills. And contrary to that list of stars, it's women who seem to be tipping the scales most dangerously. About 27 percent of deaths of Caucasian women and 22 percent of black women can be attributed to being overweight, while it's only 5 percent for white men and 16 percent for black men.
You don't have to be morbidly obese to die from carrying too much fat. Even an extra 10 to 20 pounds over your ideal weight increases your risk of premature death if you're between 30-64 years old!
Luckily, you can avoid becoming one of those statistics!
First, make a commitment to maintain a healthy weight - then enlist friends and family to join in. Sign up for classes and groups that aim for healthy exercise and diet choices. The power of two or more to help you stick with a new, healthy routine is amazing.
Get moving: You and a workout buddy should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day - or jog, swim or cycle for 30-60 minutes. A minute of exercise counts as 100 steps. And do strength-training two to three days a week.
The power of two also applies to food! Arrange with a work pal to take turns bringing in healthful lunches. At home, get everyone involved in meal planning, with great-tasting veggies, lean protein and whole grains.
These three steps can reshape your body - and your future!
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