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Choose to lose. If you are overweight, losing as little as five to 10 pounds may reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke. Maintain a healthy weight through diet and appropriate exercise as determined by your doctor. This may also help to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Ask your doctor or a registered dietitian to help you set realistic weight-loss goals. Reward yourself when you reach a goal. Here are some other tips for being healthy and successful when you're dieting: