What losing half a stone really does for your health | Weekend

If we were honest, many of us would say we wish we were half a stone lighter. It’s a weight loss goal that seems achievable – even dietitians say we can lose that amount in weeks – and will almost certainly lead to a looser waistline and increased confidence. But, more importantly, losing just 7 pounds could have a significant impact on your health.

Duane Mellor, a nutrition researcher and teacher at Aston University Medical School, says losing an extra half stone has many immediate benefits for most people. “There can be big improvements in metabolic health and joint health and reduced risk of disease with relatively little weight loss,” Mellor says. “If you can lose half

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