Description Research in weight management has improved efficacy for inducing weight loss but weight regain after loss remains a significant issue. Nutritional strategies for patients who are overweight and obese differ for weight loss and for weight loss maintenance. In 2014, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) published evidence-based guidelines for Medical Nutrition Therapy for Adult Weight Management. This guideline can assist health practitioners to successfully integrate nutrition guidelines into the overall medical management of adults who are overweight or obese. These guidelines also contain recommendations specific for weight loss maintenance, which are relevant for all clients seeking successful weight loss maintenance, including the client who achieved weight loss via bariatric surgery and may be challenged with weight regain. The recommendations in the guideline are based on a systematic review of the literature and include work performed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Expert Working Group on Adult Weight Management, as well as work from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL), and the American Heart Association (AHA)/American College of Cardiology (ACC)/The Obesity Society (TOS).
The proposed session will discuss the physiological, nutritional, and behavioral challenges in weight loss maintenance and highlight the need for continued development of different approaches for success in weight management. Speakers will then reveal the EAL’s evidence and conclusions regarding six areas for adult weight loss maintenance: duration and frequency of nutrition therapy, maintaining nutritional adequacy, dietary approaches for caloric reduction, eating frequency and meal patterns, encouragement of physical activity and incorporating tele-nutrition. The session will conclude with a health care team that will share how they successfully work together to address weight management, and specifically maintenance of weight loss, in their practice
- To review the physiological and behavioral challenges of weight loss maintenance and how that relates to nutrition and dietary needs for maintenance of weight loss
- To define evidence-based nutrition recommendations for Adult Weight Loss Maintenance
- To profile a collaborative medical practice that integrates these and other evidence-based guidelines into practice in order to improve weight loss maintenance outcomes