Waist circumference: an important indicator!

Think of Your Heart chronicles by , January 7, 2013 - 15:15

Waist circumference is a good indicator of your risk of cardiovascular disease. In Québec, where almost 59% of the population is overweight, we need to take this problem seriously.

Are you an apple or a pear?
Some people collect fat in their abdomen (apple shape) whereas others store it in their hips (pear shape). If you’re apple-shaped, you need to be aware that abdominal fat is associated with a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease; if you’re pear-shaped, on the other hand, a build-up of fat in the hips and thighs is less hazardous to your health.

Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease -
work off your love hanles!

If you want to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, you need to lose those love handles! To measure your waist circumference accurately, place the tape measure where your belt would normally sit. Remember — when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race (aim to lose 5-10% of your starting weight over a period of 6 months). The trick: exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.

With the cooperation of Élise Latour, Nutritionist

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