Everyone knows the importance of a balanced weight for health. But the new research highlights that weight loss can be extremely beneficial for a person’s cardiometabolic health. How amazing does it sound that only by losing 5-10% of the body weight slashes the risk of so many health disorders?
As per recent statistics, nearly 160 million people in the United States alone are suffering from obesity. That makes approximately 30% of the total population. (Read about the complete statistics by clicking here)
This number is not only restricted to the adults. Nearly 30% of the US youth under the age of 20 years are overweight. Extreme cases of obesity are also common in this age range. Considering the international ranking, USA has the first number among the highest number of obese people.
Obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for so many chronic diseases including heart problems, diabetes, and even cancer. Having such a high number of obese people means that all these people are at risk of these health issues.
As this number is increasing, more and more people are trying to lose weight. The recent surveys confirm that more than half of the US population has tried to shed weight at some point in their life. (Read more about it by clicking here)
Most of the weight watchers are successful for the short term only. Almost everyone agrees that achieving the long-term weight loss is much more desirable and often gets challenging to follow.
You can define a long-term weight loss when a person loses 5-10% or more of total body weight. The American Heart Association (AHA) advises that all individuals with excess weight should lose at 5% to 10% of the weight to boost the cardiometabolic health.
But the new research backs up the advice by The American Heart Association. Though many people believe that losing more than just 5-10% is better but even this much weight loss will give you maximum health benefits.
A research from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston highlights the significance of losing at least 5 percent of total body weight to get a metabolic boost. This research has been published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings and is available online to read.
What does the research tell?
The researchers in this study examined 7,670 adults who were participants at the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. This survey had information on every participant’s current cardiometabolic health. These details included weight, waist size, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol level.
The results from this study told that the participants who lost 5-10% of the body weight were 22% less likely to develop any metabolic disorder. People who lost up to 20% of the body weight had an even higher benefit. Their risk to develop a metabolic syndrome was decreased by 53% which is a remarkable finding.
The researchers suggest that if you are overweight or obese, losing any percent of the weight is better than not losing any. The health reward is greater for those who lose maximum weight.
Losing this much weight may be a problem for many people. The same research revealed participants who didn’t complete this target weight loss. Nearly 62% of the participants were unable to shake off the extra weight, despite trying their best. Even a 5-10% weight loss is so difficult when you are overweight. Thus the weight loss should be gradual, following an improved diet and a healthier lifestyle.
Any future research should continue to explore the weight loss strategies to help people in achieving their weight loss and maintain it. it includes both individual planning and social support.