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How do lifestyle choices affect weight?

Alice Domar
Psychology
Where we are within our weight range depends on our habits, and this is where those lifestyle choices really do have an effect. When we eat less and are more active, we’re closer to the bottom of our personal range. When we eat more and are less active, we’re at the top. Because we live in a world of abundant, cheap food, many of us are on the heavier end of our range. Our genes make it challenging for us to get much bigger or much smaller.
Live a Little!: Breaking the Rules Won't Break Your Health

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Live a Little!: Breaking the Rules Won't Break Your Health

Later to bed, munching some fries, makes a girl pretty healthy and wise. . . .Yes, it’s true—more or less. Why? Women do need to eat healthier, exercise, get adequate sleep, and take preventive...
Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

Lifestyle choices make a big difference in your ability to manage your weight. While it may seem trivial, taking the stairs over the elevator helps tone your thighs and burns more calories. If your job is sedentary, you burn fewer calories than those who are on their feet all day. Maintaining a stressful lifestyle full of long days at work in front of a computer screen, burgers and fries for dinner, no exercise and poor sleep habits can lead to difficulty managing your weight and an increased risk for chronic diseases. All of these seemingly little things add up to significant differences in mind and body at the end of the year.

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