If you find it dif­fi­cult to shed fat, don’t let the strug­gle over­whelm you

Men's Fitness - - Updates -

– los­ing just 5% of your body­weight can bring real health gains. That’s ac­cord­ing to new re­search from Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity in Mis­souri, which mea­sured sub­jects given tar­gets of 5%, 10% and 15% body­weight loss. Af­ter los­ing 5% their in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity im­proved, and their to­tal body fat and liver fat de­creased, re­duc­ing their risk of di­a­betes and heart dis­ease. Con­tin­u­ing to 15% didn’t pro­vide any­thing like the same ben­e­fits. “You get the biggest bang for your buck with 5% weight loss,” said study leader Sa­muel Klein. “You don’t have to lose 50lb to get im­por­tant health ben­e­fits.” Sud­denly it doesn’t seem such a chal­lenge, does it?

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