Introduction: In this retrospective study, we evaluated the effects of Jefferson’s medical nutrition therapy (MNT) program on weight loss. We anticipate that participation in the MNT program will lead to an improvement in weight and metabolic syndrome parameters.
Methods: We selected a convenience sample of 10 participants with BMI > 25 for this pilot retrospective chart review. Subjects were screened for various exclusion criteria such as past bariatric surgery, heart failure, malignancy, renal dialysis, and uncontrolled conditions such as hypothyroidism, anemia, or B12 deficiency. Weight measurements were collected from EPIC records starting from baseline, defined as 3 months prior to initiation of MNT, until present to analyze for net weight loss, any fluctuations, and maintenance of weight loss after completing the program.
Results: Our pilot sample of patients included x women and y men. Weight loss of z pounds and BMI reduction of xy% was observed upon completion of the MNT program. Wx% of participants who attended r or more sessions lost an average of st% more weight. X% of the patients maintained or continued to lose weight after finishing the program.
Discussion: We are anticipating a positive correlation between duration of participation in the MNT program and weight loss, which would indicate that medical nutrition counseling is helpful for persistent weight loss in patients who are overweight or obese. Our study emphasizes the impact nutrition counseling can have on improving the long term health of patients.
Recommended CitationBaig, Ayesha; Kostan, Hannah; and Cheng, Cynthia, "The Effect of Medical Nutrition Therapy on Weight Loss" (2021). Phase 1. Paper 97.