Weight loss strategies that really work

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


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diet, Reducing*
  • Energy Intake*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / diet therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome