Program offered at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine ranked first for fast weight-loss

Highly-structured diet and lifestyle change program helps Nevadans with weight-loss goals

RENO, Nev.-A program created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) and offered by the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is ranked first for "Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet" in the 2017 Best Diets rankings released this month by U.S. News & World Report. It is the second year in a row HMR earned the top spot in the category.

"HMR's highly structured diet and lifestyle change program is designed to help people lose weight quickly while learning the skills they need to keep it off," said Karmella Thomas, RDN, LD, CDE, of the medical school's Division of Endocrinology, Wellness and Weight Management Center which offers the program to patients. "Fast weight-loss without lifestyle change isn't sustainable. By offering this program, we can help people learn realistic ways to incorporate new healthy behaviors into their everyday lives."

During the ranking process, reporters and editors from U.S. News & World Report created in-depth profiles of 38 diets. A panel of nationally recognized experts on diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease rated the diets on their effectiveness.

HMR focuses on three skill areas critical for weight-loss and weight maintenance: how to make healthier food choices, how to eat more fruits and vegetables, and how to increase physical activity. Research has shown that practicing these skills may also help reduce the risk factors for the development of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer, and other chronic diseases.

There is a common misconception that losing weight quickly is not healthy or sustainable, however numerous clinical studies demonstrate that fast weight-loss can be just as effective as slow weight-loss at maintaining weight over the long term.

A 2013 article in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that greater and faster initial weight-loss is associated with long-term results similar to those associated with slow weight-loss. The authors also found that the recommendation to lose weight "gradually" might interfere with the ultimate success of some weight-loss efforts.

Another study done in 2014, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, showed 81 percent of the rapid weight-loss group achieved their target weight-loss compared to 50 percent in the gradual weight-loss group, with no significant differences in weight regain.

Interested in learning more? Call the Division of Endocrinology, Wellness and Weight Management Center at (775)784-4474.

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Contact

Julie Ardito
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006
jardito@med.unr.edu

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision that has served Nevada for more than 48 years as its first public medical school. UNR Med's vision is a healthy Nevada, supported by our mission: establishing excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, while committing to a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is a resource for improving healthcare regionally and across the country. For more information, visit: med.unr.edu.