Table 2.

Physicians’ Self-Reported Frequency of Recommending Various Weight Loss Strategies

Weight Loss StrategyFrequency (mean ± SD)
Increase physical activity6.7 ± 0.5a
Reduce consumption of fast food6.5 ± 1.0b
Reduce portion sizes6.1 ± 1.1c
Reduce soda consumption6.0 ± 1.4d
Eat a low-calorie diet5.6 ± 1.3e
Suggest a specific type of physical activity5.6 ± 1.3e
Decrease the fat content of the diet5.4 ± 1.5e,f
Consume breakfast5.4 ± 1.9e,f
Recommend a specific intensity of physical activity5.1 ± 1.5f
Recommend locations to which individuals can go to engage in physical activity5.1 ± 1.5f
Refer to a dietitian for individual counseling4.7 ± 1.4g
Weigh themselves regularly4.5 ± 1.9g,h
Use fat and/or calorie modified foods4.3 ± 1.7h,i
Provide in-office educational materials4.3 ± 1.7h,i
Refer to a commercial program4.1 ± 1.6h,i
Follow a specific calorie goal4.1 ± 1.7i,j
Eat a modified low-carbohydrate diet (ie, <40 g carbohydrate)3.9 ± 1.7i,j
Record food intake in a diary3.8 ± 1.9i,j
Decrease television viewing3.6 ± 1.9j
Eat a Mediterranean diet3.2 ± 1.9k
Eat a low-carbohydrate diet3.0 ± 1.7k
Use meal replacements2.6 ± 1.6l,k
Refer to an exercise specialist2.4 ± 1.4l
Recommend Internet sources for weight loss2.4 ± 1.6l
Use weight loss medication2.0 ± 1.1m
  • Values with different subscripts differ at P < .05 level.