Very-low-calorie diets and sustained weight loss.

W.H.M. Saris*

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Very-low-calorie diets and sustained weight loss.

Saris WH.

Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institue Maastricht, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

OBJECTIVE: To review of the literature on the topic of very-low-calorie diets (VLCDs) and the long-term weight-maintenance success in the treatment of obesity. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: A literature search of the following keywords: VLCD, long-term weight maintenance, and dietary treatment of obesity. RESULTS: VLCDs and low-calorie diets with an average intake between 400 and 800 kcal do not differ in body weight loss. Nine randomized control trials, including VLCD treatment with long-term weight maintenance, show a large variation in the initial weight loss regain percentage, which ranged from -7% to 122% at the 1-year follow-up to 26% to 121% at the 5-year follow-up. There is evidence that a greater initial weight loss using VLCDs with an active follow-up weight-maintenance program, including behavior therapy, nutritional education and exercise, improves weight maintenance. CONCLUSIONS: VLCD with active follow-up treatment seems to be one of the better treatment modalities related to long-term weight-maintenance success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295S-301S
Number of pages7
JournalObesity Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

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