The New Numbers to Live By

500...the number of calories to cut each day to lose one pound in a week
It only sounds like a lot: Spend 30 minutes on the stair-climber and eighty-six the slice of office coffee cake (who knows how long its been sitting out, anyway?) and—poof!—youre there. Creating a daily 500-calorie deficit via a combo of physical activity and painlessly skipped mindless munching can total 3,500 calories a week, which equals a pound of fat thats no longer on your hips. Plus, shedding even a small amount of weight can do wonders for your health.

Besides reducing your risk for heart disease, research shows that losing just 5 to 7 percent of your body weight (thats just 7½ to 10½ pounds for a 150-pound woman), combined with regular physical activity for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. And for every 11 pounds you lose, your risk of developing painful osteo­arthritis of the knee is cut in half.

Heather Weston

8...the daily teaspoon cap for added sugar
We down about 97 pounds of sugar per year—about 30 teaspoons per day, according to the consumer watchdog group the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Most of thats from foods in which sugar is added (as opposed to fruits or milk, in which it occurs naturally). getting it through food means you dont risk sun damage.

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