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Being overweight is about more than not being able to fit into certain clothes anymore, it carries with it some serious health risks. Excess weight, especially excess weight around your belly, decreases almost every aspect of health, from reproductive and respiratory function to memory and mood. Obesity also increases the risk of several nasty diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
The good news is that no matter what your weight loss goal is, even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10% of your total body weight, is likely to produce meaningful health benefits. New weight loss programmes appear all the time promising a quick fix and making claims that sound too good to be true. Usually, they are. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program”. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.
It’s natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly but the golden rule is that to lose weight safely, you need to lose it slowly – and by this I mean around 0.5kg per week.
By losing weight slowly, your losses will be maintained long-term and, most important of all, you (and the rest of us around you) won’t suffer the misery that serial dieters endure from continually denying themselves food to sustain good health.