• Decision-Free Meal Replacement Diet Kickstarts Stagnant Weight Loss

    by Scott Isaacs, MD
    on Dec 28th, 2018

A new study known as the OPTIWIN study found that a decision-free weight loss meal replacement program was an effective intervention providing the current standard-of-care behavior and lifestyle treatment for obesity. A weight-loss program using total meal replacement improved response rate by 60% compared to a standard food-based diet.

The OPTIWIN study demonstrates how well people do with a program like the HMR weight loss program that uses total meal replacement as the main treatment to help people lose weight and then keep that weight off. People who used meal replacements had almost a double weight-loss compared to regular food-based diets over 1-year time frame.

During the first six months, participants in the total meal replacement group were assigned to a diet of meal replacements only for up to 16 weeks, followed by a gradual reintroduction of food through week 26. The food-based group was assigned to a reduced-calorie diet without meal replacements. During the next 6 months, the meal replacement group received one to two meal replacements daily, plus food, to achieve maintenance, and the food-based group remained on a low-calorie diet to achieve maintenance.

Researchers found that the frequency of nonresponders was lower in the total meal replacement group compared to the food-based group at all time points. The tolerability and safety of the program is very good when compared with a food-based strategy.

Meal replacements make dieting very easy.  You eat and drink your meals without having to make decisions or have decision anxiety.  

For the fastest weight loss and highest level of support, join our HMR decision-free clinic program. It includes a total meal replacement program with weekly in-person group coaching and support with a registered dietitian. Click here to watch a short video about the HMR program at Atlanta Endocrine Associates.

HMR at Home® is an intensive weight loss program for people who are unable to attend the in-clinic HMR program and need a more flexible option.  You can lose weight rapidly and build healthier routines that last with this home version of the Healthy Solutions HMR program. The HMR at Home program is not medically supervised, however if you are a patient of Dr. Isaacs, please inform us that you are participating in the program as medical supervision may be needed and can be provided. To find out more about the HMR at Home Program, click here and choose your plan.

We offer the option of weight loss medications with the in-clinic version of HMR, or with medical supervision using the HMR at Home Program.

If you’d like to learn more about rapid weight loss with meal replacements, please feel free to call us or schedule an appointment with Dr. Isaacs using the online booking tool on this website.

Reference: Ard JD, et al. T-P3127. Presented at: ObesityWeek 2018; Nov. 11-15, 2018; Nashville, Tenn.

Author Scott Isaacs, MD Endocrinologist and Weight Loss Specialist

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