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Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 197656, 8 pages
Research Article

Program Adherence and Effectiveness of a Commercial Nutrition Program: The Metabolic Balance Study

1Hochrhein-Institute for Rehabilitation Research, Bergseestraße 61, 79713 Bad Saeckingen, Germany
2Department of Quality Management and Social Medicine, Albert Ludwig University Medical Center Freiburg, Engelbergerstr. 21, 79106 Freiburg, Germany

Received 22 September 2010; Revised 17 November 2010; Accepted 26 November 2010

Academic Editor: C. S. Johnston

Copyright © 2010 Cornelia Meffert and Nikolaus Gerdes. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To assess the effectiveness of a commercial nutrition program in improving weight, blood lipids, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Methods. Prospective observational study with followup after 1, 3, 6, and 12 months with data from questionnaires and blood samples. Subjects. After 12 months, we had data from 524 subjects (= 60.6% of the initial samples). 84.1% of the subjects were women. The average BMI at baseline was 30.3 (SD = 5.7). Results. After 12 months, the average weight loss was 6.8 kg (SD = 7.1 kg). Program adherence declined over time but was still high after 12 months and showed a positive linear correlation with weight loss. Relevant blood parameters as well as HRQOL improved significantly. Conclusion. After 12 months, nearly two thirds of the samples had achieved >5% reduction of their initial weights. The high degree of program adherence is probably due to personal counseling and individually designed nutrition plans provided by the program.