We encourage you not to only focus on the number on the scale but also your non-scale successes!
For those who would benefit from weight loss, the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and The Obesity Society advise a sustained weight loss of 3-5 percent of body weight at minimum to help improve the factors that increase the risk for some chronic disease. Within 6 months, increasing that to 5-10% of weight loss is advised. For someone weighing 200 pounds, that is a loss of 10-20 pounds. If you are overweight or obese, losing 5-10% of your weight may improve your health and quality of life and may help you avoid or manage certain health issues, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis, and high cholesterol. Setting a weight loss goal is a personal decision, but should also be made in conjunction with your medical team.
Most healthy weight loss recommendations advise a 1-3 pound weight loss per week to ensure you are making changes that are sustainable overtime, meeting nutritional needs, and losing the right type of weight (rather than just water weight or muscle mass which some fad diets lead to).
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