Overcome by stress, Sandra decided to take a break from her work and collapsed. The fainting episode led to a serious wake-up call when a heart specialist informed her that her unhealthy lifestyle was killing her.Faced with the prospect of losing precious time and memories with her two daughters and three grandchildren, she knew she needed to change. So she made a resolution and got help from a weight-loss consultant.
To cope with stress, Sandra had been driven by her sweet tooth and other cravings. She munched on anything that would give her a temporary distraction from the pressure she was feeling.
But, Sandra learned how to make better food choices and the importance of physical activity. Now, she watches her portions and eats lots of fruits, veggies and other foods that nourish her body and help manage her weight.
Her healthy habits also include walking and a trip to the gym a couple of times a week. The result: 84 pounds lost and normal blood pressure.
Like many of us, she struggles with temptation, but she reminds herself of her doctor’s dire warning and the importance of maintaining all that she’s accomplished.
Obesity leads to a host of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. Those who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more are considered obese. Find out your BMI.
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