See the changes of weight loss

Image Caption : Slide through the body of a person before and after a regimented 20 week lifestyle of exercise and sensible eating. Week 20, on the right, shows this person loosing 30 pounds, taking 9" off their waist, dropping 20 points off their cholesterol stats, and gaining 20% more lean muscle.

Weight loss

Decrease in existing body weight. Losing only 5-10% of body weight has a very significant benefit: it lowers the chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Weight loss can improve blood pressure, lower triglyceride and LDL-cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) levels while raising the level of HDL-cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), and decrease levels of inflammation throughout the body. Diet and exercise increase blood flow which itself is protective against blood vessel inflammation and blockage. Plus, weight loss lessens stress on joints (including the feet), aids sleep, and may reduce risk of cancer.

Weight Control

Keeping a healthy weight is crucial. If you are underweight, overweight, or obese, you may have a higher risk of certain health problems.

About two thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Achieving a healthy weight can help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It might also help you prevent weight-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.

Eating too much or not being physically active enough will make you overweight. To maintain your weight, the calories you eat must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat. A weight-control strategy might include

  • Choosing low-fat, low-calorie foods
  • Eating smaller portions
  • Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
  • Being physically active

Eating extra calories within a well-balanced diet can help to add weight.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

The material on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Consult a licensed medical professional for the diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions and before starting a new diet or exercise program. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.