Follow-up and long-term weight maintenance

Assess progress for weight maintenance

Evidence indicates that frequent follow-up visits to discuss weight maintenance can have a significant positive effect on weight management.1 At the follow-up appointment, talk to your patient about what has been working well and what challenges they have faced.

  • Calculate your patient’s BMI and waist circumference
  • Assess progress by acknowledging achievements and adjusting goals where necessary
  • Make it clear to your patients that measuring weight is not the only reason of the visit: recognise achievements other than weight loss, such as walking more or eating healthily

Modify treatment approach

It is important to modify or intensify treatment, where necessary, to overcome weight regain. Consider each patient's weight history and current situation to determine a follow-up plan for treatment.2

Once the weight loss has been stabilised, re-evaluate the weight-related complications. If the complications have not improved, the level of approach should be considered or complication-specific interventions should be employed. Explain to your patients that preventing weight regain is the cornerstone of lifelong weight management, for any weight loss techniques which they may be using.3 If appropriate for your patient, discuss treatments beyond lifestyle, such as continued pharmacotherapy or other interventions.

Make a new appointment

Ensure to have frequent follow-up visits with your patients to support them on their weight loss journey.

You can also refer your patients to Truth About Weight™ for more information. Truth About Weight™ is an online educational resource where your patients can find information about the science of obesity, it's causes and treatment options. Click here for  truthaboutweight.global.

References

  1. Hall K and Kahan S. Maintenance of Lost Weight and Long-Term Management of Obesity. Med Clin North Am. 2018; 102:183–197.

  2. Caterson I, Alfadda A, Auerbach P, et al. Gaps to bridge: misalignment between perception, reality and actions in obesity. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2019:21:1914–1924.

  3. Soleymani T, Daniel S and Garvey WT. Weight maintenance: challenges, tools and strategies for primary care physicians. Obes Rev. 2016;17:81-93.

HQ20OB00141, Approval date: December 2020

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