One of the important links between obesity and diabetes is insulin resistance, which is the reduction of insulin’s ability to allow glucose (sugar) to enter cells and to slow down production of glucose by the liver. This phenomenon is very common in the obese person. However, one can be thin and resistant to insulin and, conversely, be obese and insulin sensitive.

In a person overweight, a gradual loss of 5 to 10% of the weight is sufficient to obtain health benefits:

  • better control of blood sugar and high blood pressure
  • improved lipid balance (cholesterol and blood triglycerides )
  • cardiovascular risk reduction

Overweight and obesity: definition

Health professionals use certain indicators to determine the health risks of individuals, including BMI ( body mass index ) and waist circumference. It is important to use several of these indicators to consider the distribution of body fat.

Body mаѕѕ indеx (BMI)

BMI iѕ the rаtiо оf wеight tо hеight squared:

BMI = Wеight (kg) / Sizе (m 2 )

It gives a clue as to the risk of developing a chronic disease, among others, diabetes. It is used in individuals 18 years and older.

The waistline

In addition to BMI, the measurement of the waist circumference makes it possible to evaluate the distribution of fat on the body. Fat in the abdomen is linked to health risks, such as heart disease and diabetes. This type of fat is more damaging because it surrounds the vital organs.

A decrease in waist circumference is more significant for improving health than a decrease in weight on the scale.


Weight maintenance is based, among other things, on a balance between intake (food and drinks consumed) and energy expenditure (vital functions, activities of daily living, sports activities, etc.).

A multitude of other factors can influence inputs and energy expenditure:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Taking some appetite stimulating drugs
  • An injury or illness limiting physical activity
  • The emotional aspect of food

Finally, some factors can affect this balance and make some people more difficult to lose weight:

  • The basic metabolism of the person (energy spent on the basic functioning of the body)
  • heredity
  • Restrictive regimes repeatedly made

There is no “ideal” weight, but an optimal natural weight for everyone to be healthy.

For healthy and sustainable weight loss

Healthy weight management involves good daily living habits and long-term: balanced diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management.

Changing well-established life habits is usually a big challenge. The important thing is to remain indulgent towards oneself: one cannot lose in two weeks the weight gained in several months, even several years. You have to see weight loss as a long-term investment. Changes in lifestyle that persist over time are those that will be most beneficial and will help maintain the weight loss.

To increase the chances of success, do not forget the many benefits of losing weight: well-being, better control of blood sugar, better lifestyle habits instilled to your children or your loved ones, etc.

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A few words on slimming diets…

Popular weight loss diets are mostly based on one of these principles: restriction and deprivation, complete elimination of a group or type of food, or the need to buy products that the efficacy is rarely scientifically proven.

Did you know?

  • 85 to 95% of people who lost weight on dieting regained weight within the next 5 years.
  • The reason for the failure of drastic dieting is not a lack of will of the person: it is the restrictive nature of the diet itself that is involved.
  • Prohibited foods cause frustration and increase the desire to eat, which sometimes leads to overconsumption after the period of diet, which may partly explain the recovery of weight (yo-yo effect).
  • A body put in “starvation” mode will adapt and burn less energy for its basic functions, hence a return to the weight lost when returning to old habits.
  • Diets in which a food group is removed can lead to deficiencies.
  • Weight loss products are expensive and can be dangerous.
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