Prior statistics of individuals who have lost weight with diet, exercise and behavior modification show that without a maintenance program, 75% regain their weight within one year and 95% within three years. Individuals who attend maintenance programs do far better, with a 60% success rate at three years.
The tools and strategies learned during weight loss must be reinforced over a longer time-period. It takes many years to gain the weight and a relatively short time to lose it. The maintenance program conducts a weekly seminar devoted to maintenance strategies. In addition, patients meet with the dietitian at least once every four weeks. Healthy eating patterns are reinforced through knowledge of nutrient needs and eating behaviors. There is emphasis on techniques to accept and understand a lapse and how not to let it become a relapse or a collapse. The attendees are universally enthusiastic about this program.