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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. kolasaka@ecu.edu

Abstract

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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