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  1. Just by Losing a Few Pounds You Can Greatly Improve Heart Health

    There's a good chance you are overweight. I know I am. I also know that it's sometimes daunting to think about how many pounds you NEED TO LOSE just to feel better and get healthier.

    Odds are you're setting your sights extremely high... much higher than you actually need to make a difference.

    A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says even moderate weight loss and moderate exercise like walking play a big difference in your heart health.

    You just can't beat news like that!

    Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that moderate weight loss leads to decreased thickness of your heart muscle, better overall functioning of your heart, and even a healthy thinning of the walls of your carotid artery.

    Study participants were put on a low-fat or low-carb diet and asked to do three hours of "moderate" exercise per week. BOTH GROUPS enjoyed similar weight-loss and heart improvements.

    So that too is great news for those of you following Diet-to-Go's Traditional Low-Fat, Vegetarian Low-Fat or Low-Carb programs!

    The bottom line: Lose a few pounds and you'll see a notable improvement in your heart health!

    The study participants on average lost just 9 pounds... YES, a mere 9 pounds.

    Thanks to the moderate weight loss their hearts pumped blood better and their heart muscles and artery walls posed a lower risk for stroke or heart attack.

    So stop fretting that you have more weight to lose than you can possibly achieve. It's all about small steps -- small steps that can lead to great strides in heart health!

    And that's a good start to getting to where you want to eventually be weight-wise.

    Author: John McGran

    Overall Health & Nutrition
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