Controlling your weight

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Controlling your weight is important, not only for looking good, but also for your health. Being overweight puts an additional strain on your heart, and many overweight people eat foods that aren’t good for them, which often leads to other diseases. More and more children in the U-S also are overweight because of a combination of poor diet and lack of exercise, and they’re getting chronic diseases earlier and earlier as a result. Your weight is determined by your genes, but only to some degree. According to the National Institutes of Health, many weight-loss regimes not only don’t work, they can do you more harm than good. Only three percent of those who take off weight keep it off for at least five years. The ‘yo-yo’ effect of losing and gaining isn’t good for you. In addition, diets that deprive you of food often are so discouraging that you may wind up eating even more unhealthful foods as a result. Conventional diets that only restrict calories may make you feel hungry and cause your metabolism to slow down. Other diets, such as those that urge you to increase your consumption of meats and eggs and reduce dietary carbohydrates, actually can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and many other health problems. All calories are not the same. Fat calories add more weight than calories from low-fat foods, such as complex carbohydrates. Diets that seem to work the best are those in which you don’t have to carry around a calculator to compute exchanges or measure portion sizes. In general, eat foods that are very low in fat, high in complex carbohydrates, and high in fiber. Try to avoid animal products, which are high in fat and cholesterol, low in complex carbohydrates, and low in fiber

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