If you are overweight then your health is suffering. We know this, and that’s why we see many people attempting to lose weight. In society it is a common notion that losing weight makes you healthy and this is correct, it does… However, is the expectation much higher than it needs to be in regards to how much weight we need to lose to improve our health?

The question is: how much weight do you need to lose to have a significant and positive change in your health?

In reality weight loss doesn’t need to be major to improve our health. Modest weight reductions of 5-10% have been shown to reduce depression, cardiovascular disease risk, improve mobility, sexual function and other health markers.

This is good news; it means a dramatic reduction and transformation isn’t required to experience meaningful health benefits from a weight loss program.

The bad news? According to a recent Australian study, which was cited in a Precision Nutrition article, people only rated significant health improvements if they had a major weight and body transformation. People didn’t rate a person who had achieved only a moderate weight loss any healthier than when they had started.

This may well be our perception, we only view major transformations and weight reduction as improving health, this is incorrect though.

As mentioned previously, the good news is that a modest 5% reduction in weight can have many health benefits.

The take away from this is to be realistic. Set yourself achievable goals; use a stair case approach, small steps at a time. These small steps may not seem significant to you; however, they will have a significant impact on your health.