Want to Get a Whole Lot Healthier? Lose 13% of Your Body Weight

How much weight do you really need to lose to see a big difference in your health?  Well, it depends.  But a new study came up with a number the AVERAGE person should try to hit if they’re really overweight . . .

 This isn’t for people who are already in decent shape.  But researchers tracked 553,000 middle-aged adults who were obese.  And they found that losing 13% of their body weight made a huge difference.

That isn’t exactly a small number.  For someone who’s 250 pounds, 13% is about 32 pounds.  But if you can get that weight off, it comes with a huge list of health benefits.

People in the study who lost 13% of their body weight cut their diabetes risk by 42% . . . their risk for high blood pressure and sleep apnea by 25% . . . high cholesterol by 22% . . . and arthritis by 20%.

  If 13% sounds impossible, just start small.  Other studies have shown that even losing 5% of your body weight makes a difference.  (Washington Post)