LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • To introduce health and fitness professionals to the role of low energy dense diets as a method of promoting healthy weight loss and eating behaviors and the prevention of weight regain.
Currently, 68% of the U.S. population is estimated to be overweight or obese. Many of these individuals struggle at weight loss and the prevention of weight regain once weight has been lost. Learning to follow a low energy dense diet that is high in whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy and meat can be an effective method of promoting a healthy eating pattern and reducing energy intake while maintaining satisfying portions. Combining this dietary pattern with physical activity, which preserves lean tissue and helps with long-term weight maintenance, may provide clients with the skills they need for successful weight maintenance.