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expert reaction to study looking at weight loss of 5% body weight (and additional weight loss) and health benefits in a group of obese people

Publishing in the journal Cell Metabolism a group of researchers have looked at the effects of weight loss in obese people and report the health benefits of 5% weight loss, especially in terms of metabolism.

 

Tracy Parker, Heart Health Dietitian, British Heart Foundation, said:

“This study is good news for people who struggle with their weight as it suggests that even losing a small amount of weight can have a positive impact on heart health.

“As little as 5 per cent weight loss resulted in improved blood pressure, levels of triglyceride fats in the blood, and blood sugar which are all risk factors for heart disease. Losing more weight was shown to further improve heart health. This study is a reminder of the benefits of gradually getting to a healthy weight. Setting realistic goals such as 5 per cent weight loss is a good way to maintain healthy weight loss.

“When it comes to reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, lifestyle changes do not just apply to losing weight. Giving up smoking, decreasing your alcohol intake and being more physically active all help reduce our risk of developing heart disease.”

 

‘Effects of moderate and subsequent progressive weight loss on metabolic function and adipose tissue biology in humans with obesity’ by Faidon Magkos et al. published in Cell Metabolism on Monday 22 February 2016. 

 

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