How Much Weight Should You Lose?

How Much Weight Should You Lose?


This podcast episode is for people who are living with obesity or overweight or anyone who’s interested in learning more about setting weight loss goals. The goal of this episode is to help people set healthy goals in their weight loss journey.

You will learn about:

  • The biggest misunderstanding about obesity and overweight

  • How long it can take to lose weight

  • Short- vs long-term goals for weight loss

  • Setting goals beyond weight loss

  • Tips on how to stick to your goals

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How Much Weight Should You Lose?

You know what’s better than just losing weight? Improving your health. For example, losing 10 lb can help lower your blood pressure, and it can help improve other obesity-related diseases like high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and arthritis.

It’s important to set realistic, long-term goals with your doctor. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to lose those 10 lb in 1 week, even with bariatric surgery. Losing weight in a healthy way can take weeks, months, or even years, depending on what your weight and health status are and what your goals are. And you may need to use more than 1 strategy or treatment to get there.

The key is to be consistent in your efforts and to understand that everyone’s weight loss journey will be different.

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Drs Donna Ryan and Fatima Cody Stanford talk about setting goals for weight loss which focus on your health, and not just weight as a number.

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Authors and Disclosures


Donna H. Ryan, MD

Professor EmeritaPennington Biomedical Research CenterBaton Rouge, Louisiana.

Donna H. Ryan, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:Consultant or advisor for: Altimmune; Amgen; Boehringer Ingelheim; Calibrate; Carmot; Epitomee; Gila Therapeutics; ifa CELTICS; Lilly; Novo Nordisk; Real Appeal (UnitedHealthcare); Scientific Intake; Wondr Health; Xeno Biosciences; YSOPIA; Zealand Pharma.Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: Academy of Continued Healthcare Learning; continuingEDUCATION Co.; Encore Medical Education; Medflix; Medical Learning Institute; Novo Nordisk; PeerView; PeerVoice; Potomac Center for Medical Education; PSL Group; Tarsus Cardio; Vindico.Stock options from: Calibrate; Epitomee; Roman; Scientific Intake.Other: Data Safety Monitoring Board for IQVIA.

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA

Obesity Medicine Physician-ScientistMassachusetts General HospitalAssociate Professor of Medicine and PediatricsHarvard Medical SchoolBoston, Massachusetts.

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, has the following relevant financial relationships:Consultant or advisor for: Boehringer Ingelheim; Calibrate; Coral Health; Currax; Gelesis; Lilly; Novo Nordisk; Pfizer.Research funding from: Amazon


Asha P. Gupta, PharmD, RPh

Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC. 

Asha P. Gupta, PharmD, RPh, has no relevant financial relationships.


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