5 Proven (!) Ways to Add Years to Your Life

5. Maintain a healthy body weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the ways to add years to your life. Again, not a shocker. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of diseases, certain types of cancer and more.

The study’s author’s came to this determination by looking at people’s Body Mass Index (BMI). Those with a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 had a lower risk of early death. There are, however, pros and cons of the BMI chart. It doesn’t take into account things like muscle mass and frame size or that body fat in certain areas, like belly fat, is more harmful than in others.

Being at a weight that’s appropriate for your gender, height, ethnicity and more is super important. But rather than relying solely on your BMI, I suggest you also pay attention to the visceral fat around your middle section; track markers related to metabolic disease, like high blood pressure and LDL cholesterol; and reduce non weight-related risk factors for obesity, like a highly processed diet and chronic stress.

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