The Dangerous Sopranos Diet

Why wise guys need to watch their weight

Actor James Gandolfini's tough Mafia don character valued family but was incessantly anxious about his ability to keep them well. Tony Soprano kept his family safe, in his decidedly unconventional fashion. And Gandolfini, a husband and father of two, also looked after his own--until he was claimed by a heart attack at age 51.

Let's not ignore the obvious: at just over 6 ft. (180 cm) and around 300 lb. (136 kg), he was an outsize personality in a dangerously outsize body.

Stress may play a key role in weight gain--and a celebrity isn't immune to it. Stress hormones like cortisol...

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