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Lose Weight-and Keep It Off for Good

Obesity is on the rise in the United States. In fact, almost 70 percent of American adults are considered overweight. 

And that’s not good.

Mother,daughter and grandmother cookingBeing overweight can contribute to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers – ailments that range from debilitating to disabling to fatal.

What steps can we take in our own lives to stop this dangerous trend? It’s simple: Eat less – and move your body more.

I turned 50 a few years back – seven years ago to be exact – and as I watched those postmenopausal pounds creeping up, I knew I had to take action.

So I started to walk.

Then I began running.

Push-ups became part of my daily life, and I embarked on a healthful eating program built around small, nutritious meals every two or three hours.

The combination of moving my body every day and eating less was all it took. At 57, I’m fitter than I’ve ever been. And if I – a natural-born sloth – can do it, you can, too!

So, starting today, try putting these tips into action:

Some more worthwhile action items for you to consider:


Remember, we can’t control getting older, but we can control how we do it!

For more tips on living your best life, look inside The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and Moreand subscribe to The Best of Everything After 50 video series on AARP’s YouTube Channel.

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