Anti-Inflammation Lifestyle: A Healthy Weight

Even more important than the foods you choose to eat, maintaining a healthy weight may be your best defense against chronic inflammation. Fat cells themselves increase inflammation in the body.  The links between obesity and osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome are very close.  The heavier the person, the higher are the inflammatory markers and the greater the risk of contracting these diseases.

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is easier said than done for most. Keep in mind that even a small amount of weight loss is beneficial, and having a goal of no weight gain is appropriate for many. The behaviors that help people to lose weight and maintain that loss are:

  • Eating a diet that is lower in fat and calories;
  • Keeping a log of what you eat (total up calories);
  • Walking a lot (about an hour a day—it doesn’t have to be at the same time);
  • Watching less TV (less than 10 hours a week);
  • For those with a BMI of 35 or higher, bariatric surgery may be an option.