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Of the 4 predictive factors for success, the most important for losing and maintaining excess weight is follow-up. This is true in Canada and also in France.
The frequency of follow-up in the weight loss phase is weekly.
In the weight loss maintenance phase, it is ideally monthly.
The effect of the therapeutic relationship must be to accompany emotions, stress, perfectionism, eating habits and motivation.
A successful weight loss without monthly follow-up will lead to a maintenance after 4 years of 6% of the lost weight.
Successful weight loss with monthly follow up during maintenance will lead to more than 80% of the lost weight being maintained after 4 years.
Definitely the frequency and quality of the follow-up is a must in the management of overweight.