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You work each every day toward a healthier, happier you. According to ObesityAction.org, reducing weight by just 5-10% is enough to increase “good” cholesterol by 5 points. “This deserves applause as raising HDL by these few points can lower the risk of an individual developing heart disease.” This small change can also have a dramatic impact on hypertension, diabetes, insulin resistance, sleep apnea and inflammation. Basically, your body just functions better. According to a study published in Cell Metabolism, “Our findings demonstrate that you get the biggest bang for your buck with 5 percent weight loss.” For a 200-pound person, that’s just 10 pounds.

So, how do you drop that 5-10%? Sometimes all it takes is effortless changes, like:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator – if only for the last flight.
  • Three times a week – throw dinner in the slow cooker and take a walk when you’d usually be cooking.
  • Switch out regular tea for green tea. Science says that could help boost metabolism.

Weight Loss is Not Easy!

Losing weight is hard and there are some trials and errors along the way. Ultimately, experts all agree that making small, sustainable changes is the best way to lose weight and keep it off for good.

A Little Tip: Check your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). It tells you how many calories your body needs each day.