BOSTON, Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HMR Weight Management Services (HMR), a subsidiary of Merck, announced today that it has been named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Reports' Best Diets of 2015 rankings. The ranking was based on both short and long-term weight-loss ratings.
HMR's programs focus on integrating diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching. This is the first time that HMR has been included in the annual rankings list. HMR was evaluated against 34 other diets in categories including easiness to follow, ability to produce short and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety, and potential to prevent and manage diabetes and heart disease.
"We are delighted to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most effective diets for weight loss," said Carol Addy, M.D. MMSc, Chief Medical Officer at HMR. "HMR has over 30 years of experience in weight management. The reason our program works so well is that we provide the healthy lifestyle skills, resources and coaching that individuals need to reach their weight-loss goals."
"We also know that if people are hungry, they are less likely to be successful," she added. "Our programs encourage people to eat as many of the foods in our diet program as they'd like in order to stay full. This helps them to stay on the diet longer and ultimately helps them to lose more weight."
During the ranking process, reporters and editors from U.S. News & World Report created in-depth profiles of each diet, and a panel of nationally recognized experts on diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease rated the diets and their effectiveness.
"The Best Diets rankings are designed to help consumers identify a diet that suits their specific weight and lifestyle needs," said Angela Haupt, senior health & wellness editor for U.S. News & World Report. "Our panel of nationally recognized experts scrutinized each diet to help determine whether its claims add up or fall short — those that top the lists scored well in seven categories including likelihood of weight loss, nutritional completeness and safety."
HMR's programs are available in hospitals and medical centers or can be used by participants
at home. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of HMR's programs in supporting weight loss. Research showed 47 lbs. average weight loss for a mix of HMR Decision-Free® and Healthy Solutions® clinic patients with a BMI of 40 or greater who completed a program for at least 12 weeks. For Healthy Solutions® at Home, published data showed 23 lbs. median weight loss over the first 12 weeks for those who completed the program in a clinical study.
About HMR Weight Management Services (HMR)
HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) is a subsidiary of Merck specializing in weight loss and weight management. HMR programs offer lifestyle education, structured diets and an emphasis on long-term weight and health management. Founded in 1983 by Lawrence T.P. Stifler, Ph.D., HMR is a provider of medically based weight management programs in clinics, hospitals and major medical centers throughout the United States. Headquartered in Boston, HMR provides programs and support services to medically based obesity-treatment centers across the country.
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