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What treatment is used for weight management?

Rebecca S. Reeves
Nutrition & Dietetics

The most highly recommended treatment for losing weight is a strong lifestyle change program which includes reducing calories, increasing physical activity and addressing factors in your life which could contribute to your weight. These factors can include portion sizes of food you eat, food selections when eating away from home, skipping breakfast, number of hours spent in front of TV or computer, number of hours you sleep, and how you handle food situations. Start walking about 15 minutes a day for three days a week and gradually increase until you are walking 150 minutes a week. Select an eating plan which includes healthy food selections from all food groups and then adapt it to your lifestyle. Remember, losing weight takes time and patience and small gradual changes are best maintained.

There is no single treatment - there are numerous factors that are brought to bear in weight management - the amount of weight to be lost, behavioral factors, medical/metabolic issues, and age. It is essential that a person see a physician to rule out any medical contributors or understand factors that may impact the kinds of interventions used.  In a small subset of cases, surgical interventions may be considered. But in general, the majority of weight management interventions include dietary changes, activity, and examination of the psychological and structural factors (e.g. relationships, finances) that are contributing to certain eating patterns. We all gain weight for different reasons so we need to use different approaches to losing it.

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