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6 Heart Health Mistakes You Need To Stop Making Before You Turn 40

Prevention Logo By Markham Heid of Prevention | Slide 2 of 7: Once you hit 40, you’re at risk for gradual weight gain—the kind that slowly but surely expands your waistline and puts you at higher risk for heart disease, Dr. Bhatt says. “Your metabolism is slowing, so if you’re doing what you’ve always done, you may start gaining weight,” he adds.Heart Helper: Step on the scale every day. To keep future weight gain from catching you by surprise, get in the habit of stepping on the scale every day, now. Dr. Bhatt recommends checking your weight first thing in the morning without any clothing on before you’ve eaten or showered. “You want to get a consistent evaluation that allows you to compare how your weight is changing over time,” he says. While fluctuating a few pounds day to day is normal (diet, hydration, and hormones all influence your daily number), if the scale trends upward week after week, that's a sign you may need to make some diet adjustments.Your goal is to stay within 15 pounds of the weight you and a doctor have identified as your ideal target, adds Ted Epperly, MD, a physician, and president of Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.

Heart Hurter: Carrying around extra pounds

Once you hit 40, you’re at risk for gradual weight gain—the kind that slowly but surely expands your waistline and puts you at higher risk for heart disease, Dr. Bhatt says. “Your metabolism is slowing, so if you’re doing what you’ve always done, you may start gaining weight,” he adds.

Heart Helper: Step on the scale every day. To keep future weight gain from catching you by surprise, get in the habit of stepping on the scale every day, now. Dr. Bhatt recommends checking your weight first thing in the morning without any clothing on before you’ve eaten or showered. “You want to get a consistent evaluation that allows you to compare how your weight is changing over time,” he says. While fluctuating a few pounds day to day is normal (diet, hydration, and hormones all influence your daily number), if the scale trends upward week after week, that's a sign you may need to make some diet adjustments.

Your goal is to stay within 15 pounds of the weight you and a doctor have identified as your ideal target, adds Ted Epperly, MD, a physician, and president of Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.

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