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Weight management program created by HMR and offered at Marshfield Clinic named Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet by U.S. News & World Report


The HMR Weight Management Program (HMR), which is offered at Marshfield Clinic's health centers in Wausau and Minocqua, has been named a No. 1 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Report's Best Diets of 2017 rankings. This marks the second year in a row that HMR has achieved this ranking.

Jan. 5, 2017

The HMR​ Program​ focuses on helping people lose weight quickly while teaching healthy lifestyle skills needed for long-term weight management. Marshfield Clinic offers the HMR Program for community members in the Minocqua and Wausau areas interested in managing weight.

"A common misconception is that losing weight quickly is not healthy, not sustainable, and will just lead to future weight re-gain," said Alex Derfus, nutrition educator, Marshfield Clinic Wausau Center. "To the contrary, numerous clinical studies demonstrate that following a lifestyle change program which promotes fast initial weight loss can result in better long-term success."

According to Renee Trapp, nutrition educator at Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center, HMR's program excels at providing the jumpstart many people need when beginning a healthier lifestyle program.

"Through the HMR program, people can lose weight without feeling hungry, achieving weight loss in a livable way by encouraging people to eat more and stay satisfied. This makes it easier to stick to the program in both the short- and long-term," Trapp said.

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.

In clinical study results published by International Journal of Obesity, 1,100 participants with a BMI of 40 or higher who completed at least 12 weeks of the HMR program lost an average of 66 pounds after 26 weeks using either the HMR Decision-Free® or Healthy Solutions® program. Participants using the Healthy Solutions® at Home program had a median weight loss of 23 pounds over the first 12 weeks of the program.

For information call Marshfield Clinic's HMR program in Minocqua at 715-358-1036, or Wausau at 715-847-3882.


The Marshfield Clinic system provides patient care, research and education with more than 50 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.

HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) is a subsidiary of Merck specializing in weight loss and weight management. HMR programs, available in person or at home, offer lifestyle education, a structured diet and an emphasis on long-term weight and health management.​

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