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Big Health Benefits to Small Weight Loss

Weight Reduction

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  • Obese individuals who lost just 5 percent of their body weight gained significant health benefits that would lower their risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease
  • Losing 5 percent body weight lowered glucose, triglyceride, insulin levels and systolic blood pressure along with liver fat and intra-abdominal fat volume
  • These beneficial changes continued with progressive weight loss up to 16 percent of body weight, which suggests that more weight loss may lead to even greater health benefits

By Dr. Mercola

Working up the motivation to lose weight is half the battle, especially if you're obese and feeling overwhelmed by the number of pounds you need to lose to get healthy. New research brings welcome news, which is that even a small amount of weight loss can yield significant health benefits.


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