You don’t have to lose a lot of weight to make a big difference in your life. Here what losing just ten pounds can do.

It can reduce your risk of getting diabetes.  Studies have shown that losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight lowers your risk of developing the disease. For a 150-pound person, that’s about 10 pounds.

It's good for your heart. For every one percent of body weight you shed, you cut your chance for developing heart disease by one to two percent.

Losing 10 pounds cuts your cancer risk, too. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research over 100-thousand cases of cancer every year are linked to excess body fat. So every pound you lose improves your chances of staying cancer-free.

Dropping ten pounds will also prevent arthritis.

A study at Wake Forest University found that losing just one pound translates into a four-pound reduction in the weight your knees have to lift for every step you take. So if you lose ten pounds, you'll be taking about 40 pounds off your knees per mile.

Finally, losing ten pounds can add years to your life. One-third of us are either moderately or severely obese. According to an Oxford University study, moderate obesity – or being just 30 pounds over your ideal weight - can shave three years off your life. Severe obesity could shorten your life by ten years.

So lose ten pounds, keep it off – and you’ll live a longer life.