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CDC’s Weight-loss Recommendations

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Trying to lose weight can often be difficult and frustrating, especially when it appears to be occurring at a slow pace. However, losing weight slowly is the way to go, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It states, “… people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about [one] to [two] pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off.” Once a healthy weight is achieved over this period, the CDC recommends relying on healthy eating and physical activity to keep the weight off long-term.

The CDC also states that “Even a modest weight loss of [five] to 10 percent of your total body weight is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugars.” Furthermore, “the National Weight Control Registry noted that study participants who maintained a significant weight loss reported improvements in physical health as well as energy levels, physical mobility, general mood and self-confidence.”

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov.