There are 2.9 times more obese Americans compared to just 15 years ago.
There are 4-5 times more Americans 100+ lbs. overweight compared to 15 years ago.
The need for an effective weight management program has never been greater!
Combined with a program such as HMR, we believe meal replacements are the most effective way to lose weight short of bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. Meal replacements help individuals lose weight because they are simple to use, reduce food choices, and control portions. All of which increase compliance.
Consider the following studies:
One study found a 32.6 pound difference between individuals who used a meal replacement plan over 10 years compared to matched controls. Those using meal replacements lost an average of 6 pounds over the 10 years; those not using meal replacements gained 26.6 pounds. Participants were only given information on the use of meal replacements to lose and maintain weight - no other instruction was provided.
Blackburn GL, Rothacker DQ. Ten-year self-management of weight using a meal
replacement diet plan: comparisons with matched controls. Obes Res 2003;11:A103.
The benefits of meal replacements are obvious when compared with no treatment. In a 5-year study, an average weight gain of over 2 lbs. per year occurred in control subjects, compared with a loss of over 12 lbs. in men and 9 lbs. in women using meal replacements.
Quinn Rothacker D. Five-year self-management of weight using meal replacements: comparison with matched controls in rural Wisconsin. Nutrition 2000; 16: 344-348.
Also see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12704397
Many studies have documented particular benefits to patients with diabetes. E.g.
Li Z, Hong K, Saltsman P, et al. Long-term efficacy of soy-based meal replacements vs an individualized diet plan in obese type II DM patients: relative effects on weight loss, metabolic parameters, and C-reactive protein. Eur J Clin Nutr 2005; 59: 411-418.
Hensrud DD. Dietary treatment and long-term weight loss and maintenance in type 2 diabetes. Obes Res 2001; 9 Suppl 4: S348-S353.
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