Meal Replacements and Medical Nutrition Therapy for Weight Management
Factors contributing to body weight regulation are complex and involve both environmental and physiological influences. Modest weight loss of 5-10% has a clinically measurable benefit to various health outcomes, however weight loss maintenance is difficult for many patients to achieve. The most effective weight management requires an integrated approach with a variety of tools available to practitioners and patients alike. Evidence from large cohort and intervention studies highlights that the inclusion of meal replacements leads to superior weight loss and weight maintenance outcomes, and are an important component of a weight management tool box
Why is this relevant?
Obesity and overweight continue to impact over two thirds of American adults, and recent data from NHANES reports that overweight and obesity continue to rise among women. Considering the negative impact of overweight and obesity on quality of life and disease burden, practical tools to help patients manage their body weight long-term are required. Data shows that incorporating meal replacements in the eating plan and weight management protocols can contribute to superior weight loss and weight maintenance outcomes, with the potential to deliver condition-specific benefits