What are the three phases of an effective weight-loss program for obesity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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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

Evidence supports the use of commercial weight-loss programs. A 12-week randomized, controlled trial found that commercially available weight-loss programs are more successful and more affordable than primary care practice–based programs led by specially trained staff. [115]


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