How Much Weight Should I Lose?


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A person who is clearly overweight or obese will naturally know that he or she needs to lose weight. However, the question of how much weight one should lose is a valid one, as being thinner than you should be also poses health risks.

There is no "one size fits all" answer to the question of how much weight you should lose. The CDC offers a Body Mass Index calculator that enables you to determine about how much you should weigh based on how tall you are. However, other factors such as health, medical history and even your line of work will all have a bearing on how much weight you need to lose. Given this fact, it is best to consult with a doctor before starting a weight loss program to determine your ideal weight range.

While losing weight is always harder than putting it on, the good news is that even a slight reduction in weight can have significant health benefits. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has found that even losing 5% of your overall weight can have a significant positive impact on your blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels. What is more, those who make the effort to lose a significant amount of weight over an extended period of time can expect further health benefits such as higher energy levels, enhanced physical mobility and a lower risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, steady weight loss is sure to boost your general mood and self-confidence.

If you know you need to lose some weight, do something about it today. Talk with a doctor to find out how much weight you need to lose and then start a healthy diet plan that enables you to shed pounds without starving yourself. Doing so will enable you to lose weight, get in shape and stay there for the long haul.

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