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J Fam Pract. 2010 Jul;59(7):378-85.

Weight loss strategies that really work.

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Department of Family Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834, USA.


Calculate body mass index and diagnose obesity to increase the likelihood that obese patients will take steps to lose weight. Prescribe a low-calorie diet for at least 6 months to help patients achieve a weight loss of at least 5% to 10%. Prescribe physical activity for weight loss and weight maintenance. Review the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery with patients who are severely obese, and provide a referral, when appropriate.

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