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9 Ways to Lose Weight with High Cholesterol

Lower your cholesterol by losing some weight.

Obesity affects more than 78.6 million Americans. People who are obese have a body mass index (BMI) above 30 and are at greater risk for several health problems, including high cholesterol. When you’re carrying around extra pounds and have high cholesterol, your doctor is likely to urge you to get serious about losing some weight. High cholesterol can lead to coronary artery disease, which ratchets up your chances of having a heart attack. Coupled with obesity, high cholesterol can wreak havoc on your body. The good news is that losing just 5 to 10% of your total body weight can significantly improve your cholesterol levels.

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