How Much Should You REALLY Weigh?

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With the obesity epidemic reaching new heights, it's time to start getting serious about our weight. Nearly a third of the people in the United States are battling obesity, so it's time to set aside that half-eaten bag of potato chips and face the facts. Losing weight can be daunting, especially if we are striving to see a certain number on the scale. When it comes down to it, though, do you know how much weight you need to lose in order to be healthy?

That number for a healthy weight varies from person to person, and depends heavily on how much you weigh, how old you are, your gender, and many other factors that you can and cannot control. Believe it or not, there is one number out there that is applicable to anyone who is overweight and wants to get back in shape.

A new study conducted by weight loss experts at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reveals that instead of aiming for a certain number, people fighting to get down to a healthy weight should try to lose 5 percent of their total body weight.

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The study consisted of 40 obese individuals who were asked to either maintain their weight, or lose 5, 10, or 15 percent of their total body weight. The participants who were asked to lose just 5 percent of their body weight showed more improvement health-wise than any other category. Sure, the people who went on to lose 10 or even 15 percent of their weight continued to experience health benefits, but it was that initial 5 percent that really made a huge difference in their quality of life.

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The study reveals that people experience considerable health benefits just by losing that manageable 5 percent. Experts place less emphasis on the number on your scale, claiming that merely shedding a small amount relative to your total weight can help you get back on track! Losing just 5 percent of your total weight is a much smaller, more realistic hurdle than you might expect, and can lead to a variety of overall health benefits, including a lowered risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and improved metabolic function.

If you think about it, this plan is completely manageable! Let's say you are 200 pounds. Five percent of your total weight would be just 10 pounds! Shedding those 10 pounds is just downright doable! That weight will make a huge difference when it comes to living a healthy life.

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This study goes a long way to show that drastic measures aren't always necessary when it comes to getting yourself back on track. Sometimes those first baby steps can make all the difference! Five percent can make such a significant change for the better in your lifestyle, so why not give it a shot? We've got some great tips to help you start your clean eating journey, and we've also fallen in love with these beginner workouts. We will help you shred through that 5 percent in no time. For more information, check out this post from PopSugar.