Benefits of Modest Weight Loss

What Amount of Weight Loss Results in Health Improvements?

Even modest weight loss (5-10%) is associated with improved health and reduced chronic disease risk factors, including lower blood glucose levels, lower blood pressure, and reduced cholesterol levels.


Is slow or rapid weight loss better?

  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recommends slow, progressive weight loss over rapid weight loss because rapid weight loss carries health risks and may be more difficult to maintain over time.
  • The goal is to produce slow, progressive weight loss of 10% over 6 months.


How do you achieve slow, progressive weight loss?

  • Treatment may include diet, physical activity, and behavioral modification, as well as medications and surgery depending on the patient’s medical profile.


Effects of Modest Weight Loss

  • Modest weight loss achieved through lifestyle interventions is particularly effective for reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Participants who receive lifestyle interventions (including intensive individual counseling and motivational support on diet, exercise, and behavior modification) achieved an average 58% reduction in their risk of developing diabetes.
  • Improving diet and increasing physical activity may improve quality of life regardless of the amount of weight lost.

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