Weight Loss Tip: Do the Math

Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher explains that losing weight is like a math equation. Check out this video and maybe he can help solve your weight equation!

As Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher explains, losing weight is as simple as a solving a math equation. Start by identifying your 2 weight loss related numbers: weight loss rate and total. If you stick to a healthy, manageable routine, your weight loss rate should have you shedding 1-2 pounds a week. For your total, doctors recommend losing 5-10% of your starting weight. For example, if you start at 200 pounds, you should set a goal of 10-20 pounds. 

Once you have the numbers you can create a long-term plan. Setting a finish line can cause the days to drag so it is important to set mini-milestones to pump you up along the way. Feel free to celebrate at each 5 pound mark by indulging in a slice of pizza or a snack of your choosing. Then, back at it!


Paul Knoepflmacher, MD

This video features Paul Knoepflmacher, MD. Dr. Knoepflmacher is a clinical instructor of medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he also maintains a private practice.

Duration: 0:58. Last Updated On: April 16, 2018, 6:42 p.m.
Reviewed by: Holly Atkinson, MD, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Nov. 8, 2012
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