For patients with obesity trying to lose weight, the greatest health benefits come from losing just 5 percent of their body weight, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Researchers found that the relatively small weight loss markedly lowered patients’ risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease and improved metabolic function in liver, fat and muscle tissue.
The study is published online Feb. 22 in the journal Cell Metabolism.
“Our findings demonstrate that you get the biggest bang for your buck with 5 percent weight loss,” said principal investigator Samuel Klein, MD, director of Washington University’s Center for Human Nutrition. “The current guidelines for treating obesity recommend a 5 to 10 percent weight loss, but losing 5 percent of your body weight is much easier than losing 10 percent. So it may make sense for patients to aim at the easier target.”
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