5 January 12 10% Off: The Best ‘Deal’ in Weight Loss
No, we’re not trying to sale you something at a discount. We’re trying to help you set a realistic and helpful weight loss goal to start the new year off right. And what is that goal? It’s losing 10% of your starting body weight. Now before you think we’re giving you too simple of a target to hit, we’ll share with you some important facts and figures.
According to a study released last November, more than one in three Americans believe overweight people need to lose 30% of their body weight to improve their health. And more than 70% believe that overweight individuals need to lose at least 20% of their body weight to improve their health. However, only one in five people thinks that losing 10% of one’s body weight will improve one’s health.
But according to the experts, losing just 10% of one’s body weight can have big payoffs for health. And these experts aren’t talking about losing 10% of your body weight in a “Biggest Loser” fashion, dropping it in two days while a chiseled and tan personal trainer screams in your ear and inspirational theme music plays in the background. Experts say the “gold standard” of weight loss is losing 10% of your body weight over a period of six months. If you hit your goal in six months and you still need to lose weight, set another six-month goal for another 10%.
At this rate, losing weight becomes more about making the lifestyle changes that will keep the weight off over the long term. The studies that have backed these claims have shown that losing 5-10% of one’s body weight improved blood pressure, reduced LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, improved glucose tolerance, and lowered risk for cardiovascular disease. And the results of losing this low percentage of weight even outweighed the benefits of taking medications for some of these health issues.
Weight loss is much more than getting to the size jeans you want to wear. It’s also about getting healthy on the inside so you can live longer, do more and be happier. We want everyone to reach their goals this year. And speaking of goals, tell us what your goal for 2012 is at our Community Forum. We’d love to hear from you!Have questions or comments about this post? Please feel free to comment on MyNetDiary's Community Forum or Facebook page – We would love to hear from you. And consider visiting our new Pinterest page!
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