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

Jan. 6, 2016​

​​Also named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet for second year in a row

The HMR Weight Management Program (HMR), offered by Marshfield Clinic, has been named a No. 1 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets of 2016 rankings. 

This is the first year the magazine has published the Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet category. HMR also held its position as the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in the annual rankings list for the second year in a row. 

The HMR Program focuses on helping people lose weight quickly while teaching healthy lifestyle skills needed for long-term weight management. Marshfield Clinic has offered the HMR Program for many years to community members in the Minocqua and Wausau areas who are interested in losing weight. 

“HMR programs excel at providing the jump start many people need when beginning a healthier lifestyle program,” said Renee Trapp, nutrition educator, Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center. “Through the HMR Program at Marshfield Clinic, people can lose weight without feeling hungry. The program achieves fast 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.”

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 lbs. 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 lbs. over the first 12 weeks of the program.

“A common misconception is that losing weight quickly is not healthy, not sustainable, and will just lead to future weight re-gain,” said Mindy Arndt, 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.”

​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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