How Much Weight Do I Have to Lose to Be Healthy?
It is important to know that some people may not need to lose weight because their weight may not be affecting their health at all.
For many people, simply stopping weight gain can be the first step to better health.
Often this will require identifying and addressing the causes of weight gain, such as changes in diet, physical activity, sleep, stress levels and other factors. Successfully addressing these issues may not result in noticeable weight loss, but it can have a significant impact on health and well-being, including having more energy, greater physical fitness, less pain, greater self-esteem and better control of many obesity related health conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol levels.
Once you have achieved weight stability (i.e. prevention of further weight gain), even a modest sustained weight loss can lead to additional health benefits including improvements in blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, arthritis, reflux disease, sleep apnea or infertility.
Depending on the severity of your obesity, medications and surgery may be considered in addition to lifestyle and behavioural change interventions and support.
It’s best to discuss your weight and health with your healthcare provider before setting goals and deciding on a plan of action.