Maintain ideal body weight
Obesity is directly linked to coronary heart diseases. It has been observed through various scientific studies (including well-known (Framingham Heart study) that BMI value of more than 25 is a risk factor for such problems. Moreover accumulation of fat in the abdominal area (android i.e. male type obesity) is more dangerous than fat accumulation in the hips (gynoid i.e. female type obesity). This assessment can be done by calculating the Waist to Hip ratio. Ideal WHR for men is <1 and women is <.8.
Obesity is responsible for many other factors that can lead to coronary heart diseases. It is known to:
- Increase blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Increase LDL ( bad) cholesterol.
- Increase blood pressure.
- Decrease HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Low HDL levels are an independent risk factor for heart diseases and stroke.
Therefore, it is recommended that one consume calories in accordance with what is required to maintain ideal body weight.