For all OW and OB individuals who have type 2 diabetes or strong risk factors for the disease, WR is recommended. The ideal body-weight goal is to achieve a BMI of < 25 kg/m2, but it is important to set a realistic weight-loss goal that is likely to be both achievable and sustainable. As previously noted, a weight loss as small as 5 percent to 10 percent of baseline can lead to significant, positive effects on health and yet not be overwhelming as an initial goal (4, 8, 21, 22). This benefit is realized regardless of the initial weight at the time WR is initiated.
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