How can I overcome a tendency to gain weight?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Walking (the single best physical activity to stay stress-free) for just an hour a day can slash your genetic predisposition for obesity in half. Walk at least a total of 10,000 steps a day. Start slow, but aim to hit the 10,000 mark within a month or so. You'll be surprised at how easy this becomes. It's even easier if you do it with a workout buddy.

Here's how to step it up even further:
  • Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean protein.
  • Choose unsaturated fats, such as olive oil.
  • Get enough omega-3 fatty acids a day to equal 900 milligrams. (Take supplements from algae.)
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Sleep at least 7 hours a night (many folks need 8). It helps keep off extra pounds.

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