You are leaving HMR's site to go to one of HMR's licensed program sites.

When the page opens, be sure to bookmark the site on your "Favorites" list, so you can easily return for future reference.

Notices & Disclaimers

Thank you for your submission.

Your request for information regarding the HMR Program for Weight Management has been submitted.

Thank you for subscribing.

You have been subscribed to the HMRdiet Insider Newsletter.

Site Survey

We are currently conducting a quick survey about our web site. Your feedback will help make the site better for users like you.

Lose the Weight, Gain the Health

A Systematic Review of Targeted Outcomes Associated with a Medically Supervised Commercial Weight-Loss Program

Furlow EA, Anderson JW
J Am Diet Assoc 2009;109:1417-1421

Accurate information about weight loss is not available for most commercial weight-loss programs. Our objective was to obtain accurate assessments of weight outcomes, behavioral data, and side effects for an intensive behavioral weight-loss program using low-energy diets. Weights, behavioral data, and side effects for 173 consecutive patients were assessed. Treatment options were Medically Supervised, using a minimum of five meal replacements per day, and Healthy Solutions®, using meal replacements, fruits, and vegetables. Both options included weekly classes, daily records, midweek phone calls, and a minimum physical activity goal of 2,000 kcal/week. The primary outcome was change in body weight with secondary outcomes related to behavioral changes and side effects. Intention-to-treat (ITT) and completer analyses (completed 9 weeks of treatment) were performed. During 13 months, 173 patients met criteria for analysis. They selected either Healthy Solutions: 56 patients (ITT) and 37 completers; or Medically Supervised: 117 patients (ITT) and 93 completers. Mean (+standard error) weight losses were: Healthy Solutions: ITT=12.8+1.3 kg in 13 weeks and completers=17.0+1.4 kg in 18 weeks; Medically Supervised: ITT=16.6+1.0 kg in 16 weeks and completers=19.7+1.0 kg in 19 weeks. Mean use of meal replacements, fruits, and vegetables exceeded goals. Most side effects were mild and did not affect program continuation. An intensive behavioral weight-loss program using low-energy diets, including five meal replacements daily, is safe and effective.


Back to listing

Always consult your physician before beginning any diet or physical activity program.

Unless otherwise stated, trademarks used herein are the sole and exclusive property of HMR with all rights reserved. A trademark symbol is sometimes, but not always, used to identify trademarks appearing on this web site. For a complete list of all HMR trademarks used in this web site, click here.

Copyright 1986–2013, Health Management Resources® Corporation (HMR), Boston, Massachusetts. All rights reserved.