Hi, I’m Brenda Thompson, registered dietitian.
In this segment I’m going to talk about why it is important to be at a healthy weight,
and at what rate you should lose weight. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention,
a third of the US population is obese. That is over 72 million people. Obesity is a concern
due to the increased chances of developing secondary, lifelong health complications,
such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and some
cancers. Maintaining a healthy weight decreases the risk of developing these complications.
There are billions of dollars in healthcare costs spent each year due to obesity and overweight
compilations. Losing weight at a healthy rate of one to two pounds a week on the average
should always, absolutely always be the goal when losing weight to be healthy and to keep
the weight off. People who lose more than two pounds a week on the average are likely
to be losing water and muscle. And like I said, it’s two pounds on the average, so if
you change your diet and exercise regimen and begin to lose weight, the first week you
may lose five pounds and then the second week you may not lose any, and the week after that
you may lose one. So that would be two pounds on the average a week.