10 Steps to Heart Health
You can change your fate by simply eating well.
Heart-Healthy Diet Recipes and Menus
Quick and Healthy Low-Cholesterol Recipes and Menus
Heart-Healthy Apple Recipes
Healthy High-Fiber Recipes and Menus
Healthy Low Fat Recipes and Menus
Healthy Whole-Grains Recipes and Cooking Tips
Healthy Fish Recipes and Tips
Next: Step #3: Lose weight if you need to. »
Losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight—about 8 to 15 pounds if you start at 150—will result in better blood pressure, lower risk for diabetes and improved cholesterol levels, research suggests. Are you toting around too many pounds? There are two ways to find out. First, calculate your body mass index (BMI). A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight, and 30 and above is considered obese. Some complain that, if you are muscular or “large-boned,” you may get a BMI that suggests you’re overweight when you’re really not. To double check, Phil Ades suggests you perform the “Ades-ocular” test: Strip down to your underwear and stand sideways in front of a full-length mirror. If your abdomen droops or sticks out, the high BMI is correct. If it’s flat and firm, your BMI may, indeed, be incorrect.