The good news is that losing even a small amount of weight can reduce your chances of developing heart disease or a stroke.
Reducing your weight by 10 percent can decrease your chance of
developing heart disease by improving how your heart works, blood
pressure, and levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
You can improve your health by losing as little as 10 to 20 pounds.
No matter how much excess weight or fat you have, if you want to lose
weight permanently, your diet program should be directed toward a slow,
steady weight loss. According to official government dietary
guidelines, unless your doctor feels your particular health condition
would benefit from more rapid weight loss, you should expect to lose no
more than 2 pounds of fat a week, although initial loss (mainly water)
may be greater.