Why is it important to set realistic weight loss goals in patients with obesity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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In general, body weight and body fat are tenaciously regulated. This underlies the challenge of weight loss and highlights the importance of setting realistic weight-loss goals. Recognition of this challenge, and of the value of modest weight loss, have led to a paradigm shift in the medical management of obesity from a goal of massive weight loss to one of maintaining the highest weight possible while still eliminating obesity-related comorbidities or reducing them to a minimum.


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