New Study in The American Journal Of Medicine Proves Medically Supervised Weight Loss is Effective

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Participants Enrolled In 12-Week Physician-Led Weight Loss Program Lost 28 Pounds on Average

“Most non medical weight loss chains have average results in the one pound per week range, so this is a better option.” Dr. Michael Kaplan, CMO

A new study of obese people enrolled in a 12-week physician-led weight loss program revealed participants lost an average of 28 pounds. The research appeared in the June issue of The American Journal of Medicine. The data was collected from charts of patients at The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL), the largest network of non-surgical medical weight loss providers in the US.

Few studies have focused on weight loss programs implemented in a real-world primary care setting. This study retroactively evaluated in a blind fashion, meaning the doctor had no information on the study patients who participated in a program. The patients were not incentivized or compensated to remain under care. (Funded research trials pay patients to participate.)

The study was based on data from four primary care practices and four doctor-led weight loss clinics and included 413 participants in total. The research suggests an effective obesity treatment can be achieved through a combination of doctor-directed behavioral therapy and meal replacement, which is the crux of the CMWL approach.

“This research is very significant and encouraging because it means that people struggling with obesity can be confident that there is an effective way to combat this disease and manage it on an ongoing basis,” said Dr. Michael Kaplan, chief medical officer and founder of The Center for Medical Weight Loss. “Most non medical weight loss chains have average results in the one pound per week range, so this is a better option.”

The research also showed primary care physicians are equally as effective at achieving weight loss as dedicated doctor-led weight loss clinics. Primary care practitioners often do not provide obesity treatment for a variety of reasons, including limited time, no reimbursement, and little training.

“We think doctors will recognize the significance of this and more will seek the training they need to provide medically sound help to their patients who are looking to lose the weight and keep it off. We predict that this research will help break down some of the barriers and empower physicians to more effectively fight this epidemic,” continued Dr. Kaplan.

CMWL offers individuals who have previously had trouble losing weight a proven, evidence-based alternative, providing a physician-supervised program and focusing on a comprehensive, holistic approach that includes diet, exercise and behavioral modification. CMWL is in the process of submitting a follow up study for publication that focused on what happened to these same study participants at one year. “The results seem promising,” said Kaplan.

About Center for Medical Weight Loss
The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) programs provide an approach to long-term weight loss and maintenance under the care and support of trained physicians. Each fully individualized program is customized to the patient, taking into account his or her medical history, body composition, and personal goals. This individual care is supported with on-going one-on-one counseling by the physician on important topics including nutrition, fitness, behavioral modification, motivation, and, where necessary, prescribed medications. Physicians in The Center for Medical Weight Loss network are all certified professionals specially trained in non-surgical bariatric medicine who have access to the latest techniques and medical data, including high-quality nutritional products and FDA-approved weight loss medications only available to medical doctors. The CMWL programs are clinically proven and evidence-based. For more information, visit

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