reviewed 1/3/2019

Lose weight for better health

If you're overweight, losing even a few pounds can bring health benefits.

If you need to lose weight, here's some motivation. Health benefits begin to show up after you lose as little as 5 to 10 percent of your weight.

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Improved cholesterol levels.
  • Improved blood sugar levels.
  • More energy and self-confidence.
  • Better mood.

Select your weight to get an idea of how many pounds you need to lose to start seeing health benefits.

Current weight: 140

  • Pounds to lose: 7-14
  • New weight: 126-133*

Current weight: 150

  • Pounds to lose: 7.5-15
  • New weight: 135-142.5*

Current weight: 160

  • Pounds to lose: 8-16
  • New weight: 144-152*

Current weight: 170

  • Pounds to lose: 8.5-17
  • New weight: 153-161.5*

Current weight: 180

  • Pounds to lose: 9-18
  • New weight: 162-171*

Current weight: 190

  • Pounds to lose: 9.5-19
  • New weight: 171-180.5*

Current weight: 200

  • Pounds to lose: 10-20
  • New weight: 180-190*

Current weight: 210

  • Pounds to lose: 10.5-21
  • New weight: 189-199.5*

Current weight: 220

  • Pounds to lose: 11-22
  • New weight: 198-209*

Current weight: 230

  • Pounds to lose: 11.5-23
  • New weight: 207-218.5*

Current weight: 240

  • Pounds to lose: 12-24
  • New weight: 216-228*

Current weight: 250

  • Pounds to lose: 12.5-25
  • New weight: 225-237.5*

Current weight: 260

  • Pounds to lose: 13-26
  • New weight: 234-247*

Current weight: 270

  • Pounds to lose: 13.5-27
  • New weight: 243-256.5*

Current weight: 280

  • Pounds to lose: 14-28
  • New weight: 252-266*

Current weight: 290

  • Pounds to lose: 14.5-29
  • New weight: 261-275.5*

Current weight: 300

  • Pounds to lose: 15-30
  • New weight: 270-285*

*Your ideal weight may be lower than this

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Disclaimer

This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.