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Want to Lose Weight and Be Healthy? Stop Procrastinating Immediately

Update Date: Jan 08, 2016 09:28 AM EST

According to the new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that many of us put off weight loss until the excess weight has already done the damage that wanted to evade in the first place. Many conditions linked to obesity such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and other such diseases have already been set in motion. When our bodies are already under the attack of this disease or pestered by its prospect, we start losing weight even without trying. Sometimes we may even lose enough to escape the obesity altogether. However, this is not an achievement but a bad sign as it often is an indication of looming death, says LA Times.

It is very rare to see people intentionally drop all that weight. Research has found that fewer than 5% of those who actually do manage to lose excess weight are unable to maintain it more than 5 years. Study finds that once the person enters the obesity threshold, the ones who intentionally drop the weight and regain their "normal healthy weight" will gain back all of it and in some cases even more, found many studies, according to Sci-Tech Today.

The latest study looks deeply into the weight issues and subsequent risk of death. In epidemiological surveys of Americans, people who were once severely overweight but not anymore are counted as "normal healthy weight" people. However, the lead author of the current study, Boston University demographer Andrew Stokes says that these are the people who lost their weight unintentionally because of illness and not amongst those who worked hard to get rid of excess pounds and kept it off through determination. Stokes and Samuel H. Preston of University of Pennsylvania looked at death rates of these people with regards to their highest-weight ever. The findings reveal that the people who were once obese but are no longer so were more susceptible of dying prematurely than ones who were and still are obese, reports LA Times

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