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Light exercise after a meal keeps unhealthy fats at bay.

Immediately after eating, lipids enter the bloodstream. Some of the most dangerous of these are triglycerides, which can raise the risk of heart disease. Now there's evidence that performing light exercise an hour after eating can lower blood triglyceride levels as much as 40 mg/dL. Japanese researchers evaluated the effect of three protocols on triglyceride levels: exercising before eating, exercising after eating, or resting after eating. The exercise routine consisted of a 1.2-mile walk, followed by squats, shoulder presses, push-ups, leg raises and other resistance exercises. As explained in the February 2013 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, exercising after a meal lowered blood triglyceride levels by 72 percent, compared with resting. Exercising before eating lowered triglycerides by about 25 percent.

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Title Annotation:HEART BEAT
Publication:Heart Advisor
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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