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Chapter 5: Managing risk factors and making healthy changes Managing your weight Maintaining a healthy weight will help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. If you need to lose weight, the only safe way to do so is to eat fewer calories AND become more active. This doesn’t mean following a strict diet or exercising for hours a day. Instead, talk to your healthcare provider or dietitian to set weight-loss goals, then think about safe ways to meet those goals. Your first goal might be to eat about 250 fewer calories daily. Reaching this goal could be as simple as switching from whole milk to skim or from regular to diet soda. Along with diet changes such as this, try adding a little more activity to your day. A body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. To calculate your BMI, multiply your weight in pounds by 703. Divide the result by your height in inches, then divide that result by your height in inches again. 26 Even if you need to lose a lot of weight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight can make a difference.


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