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One-third of patients on very-low-calorie diet maintain 20 percent weight loss
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Thirty-four percent of patients who had attended an Obesity Lifeline Programme maintained weight losses of 20 percent or more, while another thirty-nine percent maintained weight losses of at least 10 percent.
The program involved an initial three months on a very-low-calorie diet of 410-470 calories per day along with two-hour small group counseling sessions.
Patients were encouraged to continue group sessions for one-year.
The sessions helped patients explore the underlying causes of their eating behaviors and make cognitive behavioral changes.
The program was devised on the belief that many obese people have compulsive eating behaviors, and treatment is based on research showing that small group sessions are effective in treating long-term compulsive addictive behaviors.
Weight losses achieved after one- and two-years are shown below.
Hewlett B, Rettig S, Cox JSA. Two year follow-up report on 135 women after weight loss on Obesity Lifeline Programme. International Journal of Obesity, 1999 May, 23(5):S164 (abstract 539).
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