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How much weight do I have to lose to see significant health benefits?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
It's amazing how losing just a little weight can pay such big benefits. When overweight people (with an average weight of 225 pounds) lose about 7.5 percent of their body weight (about 17 pounds or 4 inches of waist size), they improve their HDL "good" cholesterol and LDL "bad" cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood sugar numbers by—get this—20 percent. That's nearly three times the benefit compared to percentage weight loss.
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Losing as little as  10% of your total body weight can show significant health benefits. These benefits include decreased blood pressure, improved blood sugar levels, lower triglyceride levels, less joint pain, and increased levels of energy.

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