Maintenance of Lost Weight and Long-Term Management of Obesity

Kevin D. Hall, Scott Kahan

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Weight loss can be achieved through a variety of modalities, but long-term maintenance of lost weight is much more challenging. Obesity interventions typically result in early weight loss followed by a weight plateau and progressive regain. This review describes current understanding of the biological, behavioral, and environmental factors driving this near-ubiquitous body weight trajectory and the implications for long-term weight management. Treatment of obesity requires ongoing clinical attention and weight maintenance–specific counseling to support sustainable healthful behaviors and positive weight regulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-197
Number of pages15
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018


  • Appetite
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Obesity treatment
  • Physiology
  • Weight loss
  • Weight maintenance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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