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2011-03-22
 

Diet Tips for Weight Loss

Obesity and risk of death [1]

Heart disease and cancer are the two largest causes of death, and obesity is responsible for increasing the occurrence of these two diseases. Eating less to achieve a normal weight may help to lengthen your life by avoiding these two diseases. The graphs above show that the risk of death increases in direct relation to the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a measure of obesity.

The practice of eating less is often called Calorie Restriction (CR). CR is the most effective nutritional intervention for slowing aging and preventing chronic disease in experimental animals. In humans, CR with adequate nutrition protects against abdominal obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Data obtained from individuals practicing long-term CR show a reduction of metabolic and hormonal factors associated with increased cancer risk.[2]

All you have to do is eat right. Your diet should have all the necessary nutrients and just enough calories to balance your level of activity. To lose weight, you need to eat less than what your body needs so that your body fat can be burned off. Here are some tips that can help you lose extra pounds and maintain a normal weight.

Use the diet calculator

[1] Adams KF. et al., Overweight, obesity, and mortality in a large prospective cohort of persons 50 to 71 years old, N Engl J Med. 2006 Aug 24;355(8):763-78, PMID: 16926275

[2] Omodei D, Fontana L., Calorie restriction and prevention of age-associated chronic disease,
FEBS Lett. 2011 Mar 11, PMID: 21402069


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