Tips for Weight Loss and Maintenance

Episode 6: Tips for Weight Loss and Maintenance


This article is for people who are living with obesity or overweight, or anyone who wants to learn more about weight loss and maintenance. The goal of this episode is to help people understand the importance of having good habits for weight loss maintenance.

You will learn about:

  • How your weight can change as you age

  • What can help with weight maintenance

  • Getting to a healthier place than where you started your weight loss journey

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Tips for Weight Loss and Maintenance

So you’ve lost some weight, now the question is, how do you maintain it? It is important to have good habits and that you’re consistent with your daily routine. Focus on having a healthy diet, getting exercise, taking care of your other health conditions and your mental health, and getting good sleep each night – these are all things that impact your overall health.

Both medicine and exercise can help with weight loss maintenance. Medicines that are FDA approved can be taken long-term for weight management. They work best with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity. At least 225 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity are recommended each week -- that’s about 30 minutes to 1 hour of exercise for 5 days.

It is also important to remember that different things can affect your weight at different times in your life. But the ultimate goal is for you to maintain a weight that is healthy for you and that you are in a healthier place than when you first started your weight loss journey.

Dr Donna Ryan talks with a patient, Jeremy, about what has helped him with weight loss and maintenance over the years.

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Authors and Disclosures


Donna H. Ryan, MD

Professor EmeritaPennington Biomedical Research CenterBaton Rouge, Louisiana   

Donna H. Ryan, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:Consultant or advisor for: Altimmune; Amgen; Boehringer Ingelheim; Calibrate; Carmot; Epitomee Medical; Gila Therapeutics; ifa Celtics; Lilly; Novo Nordisk; Real Appeal (UnitedHealthcare); Scientific Intake; Wondr Health; Xeno Bioscience; Ysopia Bioscience; ZealandSpeaker or member of speakers bureau for: Academy of Continued Healthcare Learning; Continuing Ed Co.; Encore Medical Education; Medflix; Medical Learning Institute; Novo Nordisk; PeerView; PeerVoice; Potomac Center for Medical Education; PSL Group; Tarsus Cardio; Vindico Medical EducationStock options from: Calibrate; Epitomee Medical; Roman; Scientific IntakeOther: Data Safety Monitoring Board for IQVIA


Asha P. Gupta, PharmD, RPh

Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC 

Asha P. Gupta, PharmD, RPh, has no relevant financial relationships.


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