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U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 33: Goals for maintaining weight loss
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Weight loss is difficult to maintain over 3 to 5 years. A majority of people who lose weight regain it once they stop treatment according to the U.S. NIH's Obesity Guidelines (p. xxiv).
Weight is usually regained unless a program is continued indefinitely
Weight is usually regained unless a program consisting of dietary therapy, physical activity, and behavior therapy is continued indefinitely.
Drug therapy may help patients maintain weight loss
Drug therapy may help patients maintain weight loss, however, safety and efficacy beyond 1 year has not been established.
Weight loss greater with therapy lasting 6 months
Weight loss tends to be greater with dietary therapy lasting at least 6 months.
Weight maintenance should be a priority after the initial 6 months.
Frequently seeing your doctor increases weight loss
Frequent contact between professional counselor and patient promotes weight loss and maintenance.
Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults : the evidence report / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [Bethesda, Md.] : National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, . NIH publication No. 98-4083.
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On Dec 22, 2004 at 11:24 pm Dr. Lu Jason wrote:
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INTERMIT DRUG TREATMENT MAY BE A ACCEPTABLE METHORD FOR SOME PEOPLE,
AND CONTROL THE BODY WEIGHT BETWEEN 1 KG UP&DOWN;. SO IN MY CLINIC,BESIDE DIETARY& BEHAVIOR THERAPY, DRUG CONTROLING WEIGHT MAINTAINCE IS ALSO IMPORTANT.
TAIWAN, WEIGHT CONTROL CLINIC DOCTOR.- LU JASON
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