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Health Benefits to Losing Even Just 5 Percent of Body Weight: Study

"Our results show that you get a large ‘bang for your buck’ with a five percent weight loss"

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    Health Benefits to Losing Even Just 5 Percent of Body Weight: Study
    Francois Nel/Getty Images for Dubai Tourism, File
    A file photo of a person lifting a weight in Dubai on Oct. 24, 2017. A study found that losing even 5 percent of your body weight can be beneficial for your health.

    Shedding just five percent of your body weight does a lot, NBC News reported.

    It’s enough to decrease total body fat, visceral fat (the dangerous kind that hugs your organs), and liver fat. Plus, that small tip of the scale can also lower your blood pressure and improve your insulin sensitivity, reports a new study in the journal Cell Metabolism.

    All together this can also mean a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, study authors say.

    “Our results show that you get a large ‘bang for your buck’ with a five percent weight loss. But an additional 10 to 15 percent weight loss continues to cause even more improvements in measures like blood lipids and blood pressure,” says study co-author Samuel Klein, MD, director at the Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine.