Your body is made up of water, fat, protein, carbohydrates and various vitamins and minerals. If you have too much fat — especially in your waist area — you're at a higher risk for high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
How do I lose weight?
The first step is to talk to your doctor. Based on your health and current abilities, he or she will recommend modest lifestyle changes related to diet and physical activity.
Physical activity is an important part of losing weight. It also improves insulin sensitivity and glycemic control. The amount of activity you begin with is up to you and your doctor, but the duration and frequency should generally increase to at least 30 to 45 minutes of moderate aerobic activity at least three to five times a week, or more. Greater levels may be required to achieve long-term weight loss.