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Is it generally less difficult for a slimmer person to lose weight than someone overweight?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Somewhat: They're used to being slim, are probably more active so their metabolism is higher and they burn off more calories, and they're not as Insulin resistant as their obese counterparts, so they don't have to work as hard against their body's mechanisms to lose weight. Plus, they probably didn't inherit as many "fat" genes from their parents.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
I agree with all that Dr. Sneid said but it's complicated because fat cells also require and burn energy. Thus overweight people have higher caloric requirements than thin people if all other factors are equal.
Aug 13, 2013

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