HMR Weight Management Services Corp. (HMR), a subsidiary of Merck, held its position as a No. 1 “Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet” in the 2017 Best Diets rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. It’s the second year in a row HMR earned the top spot in the category, which was added to the annual rankings list last year.
“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 Carol Addy, M.D. MMSc, Chief Medical Officer at HMR. “Fast weight loss without lifestyle change isn’t sustainable. HMR gets fast weight loss, but our true expertise is helping people learn realistic ways to incorporate new healthy behaviors into their everyday lives.”
Get There Faster A common misconception is that losing weight quickly is not healthy or sustainable, and will just lead to future weight re-gain. However, numerous clinical studies, including those reported in two recent articles, demonstrate that fast weight loss is just as effective as slow weight loss when it comes to maintaining weight over the long term
- An article in the New England Journal of Medicine (2013) reviewed several myths about obesity, including the advantages of gradual weight-loss over rapid weight-loss for long-term success. Based upon their review of the data, the authors concluded that compared to slow weight loss, greater and faster initial weight loss is associated with similar weight loss at the end of long-term follow-up. Further, the recommendation to lose weight “gradually” might interfere with the ultimate success of some weight-loss efforts.
- Results from a weight-loss study of more than 200 people published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (2014) 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. These results indicate that rapid weight-loss does not put individuals at risk for greater weight regain. Furthermore, more rapid weight loss may motivate some individuals to stick with their diet and achieve better results long term.