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Body mass index, referred to as BMI, is a measurement used to estimate levels of body fat based on your height and weight. CardioSmart offers a BMI calculator to help you know your numbers. For adults, BMI under 18.5 is underweight, 18.5–4.9 is normal, 25.0–29.9 is overweight, and over 30 is considered obese.
Talk with your health care team. If you have or are at risk for heart disease, it is important to adopt heart healthy habits. This means being thoughtful about the kinds of foods you eat, how you prepare them and how many calories and how much fat you consume. Try to eat a low-fat diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and lean meats. You should also carve out time to exercise every day. See CardioSmart’s Eat Better and Move More areas for more information.
You can significantly reduce risk for heart attack by knowing your numbers and addressing any cardiovascular risk factors that you may have, including hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, or smoking. You can also help reduce cardiovascular risk by maintaining a healthy weight and heart-healthy diet, exercising regularly and controlling stress.
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What is a healthy weight?
What is a healthy body mass index (BMI)?
What is "sick fat"?
Adiposopathy, also known as "sick fat", is a type of fat tissue that is now considered a form of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, overweight patients without any major risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, are still considered to have heart disease if they have “sick fat.”
What is the best way to lose weight?
Weight loss boils down to a simple formula: burn more energy each day than you take in from food. A deficit of 3500 calories will net one pound of fat loss. Therefore, if you cut down your food intake by just 100 calories a day, you can expect to lose 10 pounds by the end of the year.
Why can increased weight increase risk for death?
How can I help reduce fat inflammation in my body?
How can I prevent the development of "sick fat"?
You can help prevent adiposopathy or "sick fat" by maintaining a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise. Those who are overweight can lose weight to prevent or minimize “sick fat” in the body.
How do I know if I'm overweight or obese?
Am I eligible for weight-loss surgery?
Are certain foods associated with greater weight gain than others?
Yes. Some studies found that potato chips are more strongly associated with weight gain, followed by potatoes, sugar-sweetened beverages, unprocessed red meats and processed meats.
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