Who should lose weight?

The question who should lose weight is quite controversial. For many people reading this website, the answer to the question “Should I lose weight?” is no. You can still find some information on this website useful, especially in articles that deal with nutrition in general, but if for you, the answer to this question is no, then you should not apply Asymptotic Approach to losing weight, or any other approach. Simple as that.

Here are some categories of people who probably (probably, as definite answer to that question can only give you your doctor, and we encourage you to consult them) should lose weight:

  • people with body mass index (BMI) over 35 whose health is endangered by their weight, and for whom the health benefits of losing weight outweight the risks associated with it.
  • People with BMI over 30, as long as they don’t have health problems that would make losing weight a risky endeavor.

In most of the cases, people with BMI 25-30 should not lose weight – only in some cases in might be beneficial, as at this weight health benefits of losing weight are modest, and risks are still there.

Some studies have even shown that lowest mortality rates are somewhere around the boundary between normal weight and overweight or even at mildly overweight levels… namely around BMI of 25 or a little more than that.

And finally if your BMI is 25 or lower, in overwhelming majority of cases you SHOULD NOT TRY TO LOSE WEIGHT AT ALL! There are some health related exceptions, but for healthy people with BMI under 25 it makes no sense to try any kind of weight loss approach, including asymptotic-nutrition as well.

Also – even if your BMI is over 30 you should not try to lose weight if you’re currently experiencing any kind of health problems that trying to lose weight could make worse. That’s why it is essential to consult with your doctor before making any changes to your eating habits.