When thinking about weight-loss, one often has an “ideal” body weight in mind or an ultimate weight-loss goal.
However, Modest Weight Loss Is Expected to Confer Health Benefits for Individuals with Obesity
Weight-loss has been associated with
Significant improvements in cardio-metabolic risk factors1
HbA1C (glycated haemoglobin), Fasting glucose, Blood pressure, Triglycerides, HDL cholesterol
Improvement or remission in diabetes, lipid disorder and hypertension2
Improvements in obesity-associated comorbidities and quality of life domains3,4
Reduced risk of diabetes5
Significant improvements in pulmonary function6
A proven health benefit can be reached if 5%-15% weight loss is achieved from an individual. This goal can be accomplished within 6 months. However for individuals with a BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2, a greater weight loss may be considered (20% or more) so as to confer benefits for the health. Maintenance of weight loss is one of the two main criteria for success. The other is the prevention and the treatment of comorbidities.7
HbA1c = glycated haemoglobin, HDL= high-density lipoprotein.