Health experts agree that you may gain health benefits from even a small weight loss if:
You are obese: You are considered obese based on your body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.
You are overweight: You are considered overweight based on your BMI and have weight- related health problems or a family history of such problems. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight.
You have a big waist: You have a waist that measures more than 40 inches if you are a man or more than 35 inches if you are a woman.
How much do I need to lose?
A weight loss of 5 to 7 percent of body weight may improve your health and quality of life, and it may prevent weight-related health problems, like type 2 diabetes. For a person who weighs 200 pounds, this means losing 10 to 14 pounds. However, even if you do not need to lose weight, you should still follow healthy eating and physical activity habits to help prevent weight gain and keep you healthy over the years.
You must also remember that a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy.
The golden formula to lose weight
– By creating and following a plan for healthy eating and a plan for regular physical activity
– By choosing to follow a formal weight-loss program that can help you make lifelong changes in your eating and physical activity habits.
Last but not least, weight loss and fitness is not just limited to achieving and maintaining an ideal BMI. It also involves a lot of other factors as well such as expecting a clear cut reduction in the risk of diabetes, heart disease and various other disorders. It also means living a physically active and healthy lifestyle with an overall improved sense of general well being. And above all, it means living life to its fullest.