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Video: Fast Weight Loss Is No Better Than Slow
Fast weight loss is no better than slow
With fast and slow weight loss, there was a similar improvement in metabolic health. Moreover, in terms of overall health benefits, the rate of weight loss is less significant than the magnitude of weight loss.
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Slow and fast weight loss has the same health benefits when it comes to shedding the same pounds, according to a new study published in the Journal of Obesity.
Canadian researchers from York University found that people who lose weight quickly compared to those who slowly lose weight do not receive any additional health benefits, only the total amount of weight lost matters.
The study examined data from 11,283 patients enrolled in the Wharton Medical Clinic Weight Management Program from July 2008 to July 2017. This is the first study of its kind to specifically focus on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The researchers found that patients who lost weight faster experienced greater reductions in obesity and improved health status compared to patients who lost weight slowly. However, these health improvements associated with faster weight loss were offset after adjusting for absolute weight loss.
Typically, people are advised to lose approximately 0.5-1 kg per week, as faster weight loss is associated with a slightly increased risk of gallstones. However, it is believed that faster weight loss may have better consequences for cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors.
“With comparatively the same weight loss, there is no difference in terms of health benefits whether you lose weight quickly or slowly. However, given the risk of gallstones with faster weight loss, trying to lose the recommended one or two pounds per week is a safer option,”explained lead author Jennifer Kuk, associate professor at the faculty. of York University Healthcare.
Thus, there was a similar improvement in metabolic health with both fast and slow weight loss. Moreover, in terms of overall health benefits, the rate of weight loss is less significant than the magnitude of weight loss.
“The results show that we really need to look at long-term weight management interventions that can achieve sustained weight loss at the recommended one to two pounds per week,” concluded Jennifer Cook.
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