What are the phases of weight-loss programs for obesity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Treatment of obesity starts with comprehensive lifestyle management (ie, diet, physical activity, behavior modification). [12] The 3 major phases of any successful weight-loss program are as follows:

  • Preinclusion screening phase

  • Weight-loss phase

  • Maintenance phase - This can conceivably last for the rest of the patient's life but ideally lasts for at least 1 year after the weight-loss program has been completed

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