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Monday, February 1, 2016

Weight Loss Goal for the New Year? How about 5%

No new year’s weight loss goal is reasonable without first picking some lifestyle changes. And it’s never too late to start working on those goals. Let your health habits, your personal preferences, and your health care provider dictate how those lifestyle changes are going to be incorporated into your daily life. Women who are obese are asked to lose between 5-15% of their weight. But 5 percent is an excellent goal. Small amounts of success in weight loss have their place and we want to specifically congratulate anyone who does lose at all. Rapid weight loss is appealing, but harder to maintain, and may actually be hard on one's bones. bone loss of 1-2% accompanies loss of 10%.  So in a word realistic goals for weight loss are important, and we can use the amount lost to understand whether the plan, with or without medication you have selected is working for you. Women given medication should expect to lose 4% of body weight in the first 16 weeks of the diet. For those who start on January 1…or let’s say Feb1, you should expect that goal to be met by April 23rd. So if you are 150 lbs you should lose 6 lbs, but if you are 300 lbs, you need to have lost 12 lbs.For the full 52 weeks that will translate into a pace of loss for the 150 pound woman to lose 20 pounds in the year, and for the 300 pound woman to lose 40 lbs in the year. With these goals in mind we can also set realistic goals for reducing blood sugar, cholesterol, cortisol levels, abdominal fat deposits, and in some cases normalizing other hormonal and vitamin levels. Then the hard part of weight management begins, weight added back is primarily added back as fat, which is responsible for that slowing of the metabolism after a diet,
and thus weight maintenance is literally critical. A diet is more than the scale, and it's more in depth on an individual basis. So come in to gab with your gyno!

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