Heart Benefits From Losing Just Five Percent of Your Body Weight

Setting a reasonable weight-loss goal is helpful in the short term, but if you need to lose a lot of weight, set long-term goals, too.

Patton suggests a weight-loss target of a half-pound to one pound per week for women, and one to two pounds per week for men. These goals may vary depending on your starting weight and whether you plan to lose weight with diet alone or with a combination of diet and exercise.
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