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Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10

Motivation to Lose

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If you are overweight or obese, there are some powerful reasons to drop 10 percent of your body weight this year. Losing this amount of weight can significantly improve your health and well-being. It may not sound like a lot. In fact, most people trying to lose weight set much loftier goals for themselves, but unrealistic goals can often end in disaster.

A 10 percent goal is very doable...that’s 20 pounds for someone who weighs 200; 25 pounds for a person whose scale reads 250; and 30 pounds trimmed from a 300-pound person.

Top Ten Benefits
So, what are the top ten health benefits you can expect after dropping 10 percent of your weight? In no particular order, they are:
 
10. Better blood pressure
9.   Improved heart health and lower cholesterol levels
8.   Decreased risk for diabetes
7.   Enhanced sex life
6.   A better night’s sleep for those with obstructive sleep apnea
5.   Less pain associated with arthritis, joint disease, and lower back pain.
4.   Better breathing
3.   Decreased risk for colon and breast cancer
2.   A healthier gallbladder
1.   More energy

Getting Started
Along with the health benefits, there is power in achieving a 10 percent reduction in body weight. But getting started can be tricky—especially since there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” weight loss program. So I have called upon experts in the field of nutrition and dietetics. I asked four of my closest dietitian friends and colleagues to share a few thoughts on ways to effectively start working toward this 10 percent weight loss goal.
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Becky Hand Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

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  • The poll question is an interesting one. I don't like the idea of New Year's resolutions. Why? Because they make us feel as if the only time we can or should think about big changes in our lifestyle is around this time of year. Most people who think that way have given up on that resolution in 2 or 3 months' time.

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  • WDWCHICK
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  • ANGELWINGS2012
    I have no tips for anyone, so sorry! But if anyone has some for me...please give them to me! For the last year everyday I feel I climb a mountain.....then when I get near the top I fall back down right to the bottom!!! I am so tired of this feeling...please give me tips on being Happy,joy in my life, having peace of mind,getting rid of almost all my stress, eating healthy so I can teach my children, I have a 9 tear Girl who is way over weight she is at 130 lbs...my heart breaks everyday , when she comes home crying because some kids were calling her names about her size...she wants to quite school.....I can't find anyone to help me out and i have gone everywhere.....pl
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  • i lost 30 pounds within the last 9 month and am very happy about it, but got another 40 to go...with the cold weather now i need more motivation to go for my walks on a regular basis... - 10/30/2012 8:28:16 PM
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    I was diagnosed back in March with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. I have lost a total of 25 pounds, but I feel my efforts are for nothing (even though I am still trying). For insurance reasons, I have been sent to a new doctor and he basically told me that I had to get back down to what I weighed when I was 16, and I would feel better. Now, I have had 2 children. They say you grow until you are 21 so not only am I totally frustrated and feel that no matter what I do, my new doctor will chew me out when I go back, but I don't know what to do now. I feel he looks at me like I'm just fat! To top it all off, I lost my job over a month ago because of my illnesses. I just started on this site today hoping this will give me some help. I feel hopeless. - 9/10/2012 1:46:41 PM
  • Interesting article. I'm diabetic and trying my best to exercise and lose weight. I have to take insulin to regulate my blood sugar. The side effects on taking insulin is weight gain. I'm doing everything in my power to lose this weight. But, I'm still on square one. I have to work harder. This article help me refocus on my long term goals.
    - 5/10/2012 10:28:39 AM
  • My cholesterol dropped 40 points when I dropped 20 pounds. Small changes can make a big difference. - 1/23/2012 1:28:12 AM
  • Ive lost 10% at least 2 times so far, and will work for another 10% by June as suggested. Then it will be only 10% two more times to reach my healthy BMI. Im psyched! - 1/3/2012 12:08:12 PM
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  • I have to say I never though that losing what amounts to such a small portion of my overall wieght would be so beneficial...grea
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