Contrary to recent research showing that a few extra pounds might give you a few extra years of life, a newer study now shows that what may be truly life-extending is to lose that extra weight, according to NPR. This study concentrated only on people modestly overweight, and not to obesity, which is an undisputed predicator of premature death.
Today, about 75 percent of U.S. men and 67 percent of U.S. women are either overweight or obese, and the trend is getting worse, not better. In the U.S., nearly 1 in 5 deaths is now associated with obesity. The statistics for children are equally disturbing. But despite hopes that “healthy obesity” might one day be reality, the real truth is that extra weight simply isn’t something you want to aim for.
There’s no question that even a small amount of weight loss can have enormous health benefits, whether you’re only a few pounds above your ideal weight, or in need of losing significant poundage. Particularly for obese individuals, one study showed that those who lost just 5 percent of their body weight lowered glucose, triglyceride, insulin levels and systolic blood pressure along with liver fat and intra-abdominal fat volume.
These beneficial changes continued with progressive weight loss up to 16 percent of body weight, which suggests that more weight loss may lead to even greater health benefits. One way to get a quick start on weight loss is to learn how to burn fat for fuel. I explain this is great detail in my book, “Fat for Fuel” — a program that may very well save your life.