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A recent study found that when overweight individuals lost a modest amount of weight over a three-year period, they experienced improvements in their cardiometabolic risk. This study was completed by researchers from the University of Glasgow’s BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre and examined 171 South Asian adults. The participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups: the first received weight loss interventions involving dietician visits and healthy shopping and cooking advice while the second control group received standard verbal and written advice regarding healthy living.
After three years, the first intervention group lost a mean of 1.14 kg vs. 0.3 kg in the control group. The intervention group also saw more significant reductions in waist circumference. Furthermore, every 1 kg of weight loss resulted in reductions in fasting glucose, triglycerides, leptin, and insulin.
These findings were published in The International Journal of Obesity on March 22, 2016.