You should try to lose at least 5% to 15% or more of your body weight if you are overweight or obese. Losing weight can lower your blood pressure. Studies show that for every 2.2 pounds of weight lost, blood pressure goes down by about 1/1 mm Hg. How much you need to lose depends on your starting weight.

Losing as little as 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure if you are overweight. It can also lower your risk of serious diseases. These include heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and liver disease. Studies show that losing 5% to 15% of your body weight can make an even bigger difference. When you reach your long-term goal, stay at your healthy weight.

Talk to your doctor about whether you should lose weight. You can work together to make a plan for success and stick to it.

You can't lose when you lose the weight!