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UCLA Center for Human Nutrition RFO Weight Loss Program
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Program Information / Behavior Modification

Studies show that diet alone, exercise alone, diet and exercise, or diets with appetite-suppressants usually result in minimal weight loss with rapid weight regain.

When a behavior modification component is combined with any of these weight loss strategies, the results are far better. The term behavior modification might be a redundant term, since successful weight loss behavior modification aims at reducing caloric intake, increasing physical activity, and expanding your nutrition knowledge and food choices indefinitely. Although some patients can accomplish this independently, most cannot and it is those individuals who will benefit from such a behavior program.

Behavior modification means just what it says: changing one or more of your behavioral patterns. This may mean choosing an egg white omelet with fresh fruit instead of bacon, eggs and buttered toast for breakfast. Behavior modification also includes executing environmental control, which may be to completely avoid a "trigger food" which you cannot stop eating, such as potato chips, nuts or ice cream. Learning the caloric value of various foods, planning eating strategies for vacations or during stressful periods in your life, etc. will contribute significantly to your weight loss and maintenance. Successful behavior modification requires time and patience and is a critical component to long-term success.

At the RFO Program, the main thrust of our cutting edge behavioral program is the educational component, however, psychological support groups are also available on both clinic days for all patients to attend. Psychologists and counselors who specialize in obesity and weight loss conduct the support groups. The psychologists are group leaders who guide patients in a supportive and helpful environment where they discuss individual struggles having to do with disordered eating, stress, and other situations that promote emotional eating. There is also a more advanced session on behavior modification offered each week where patients learn the fundamentals of successful long-term weight control through behavior modification; patients will also continue to learn techniques for stressful situations, holidays and other times where overeating is common.

Patients also may attend a series of nutrition-related lectures to further build on their knowledge and success:

  • Failure Syndrome and Recovery
  • Anger Management
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition Cancer and You
  • Compulsive/Emotional Overeating
  • Meal Analyzing

In summary, the bio-behavioral modification program offers a complete spectrum of proven techniques for successful weight loss and weight management. The behavioral program is continuously modified and is available to all RFO participants. The RFO Program provides you with the tools and strategies necessary to build a healthy life-style encouraging long-term weight management.


Program Information
Reducing Caloric Intake
Physical Activity
Behavior Modification
Major Dietary Programs
Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)
Modified Very Low Calorie Diet (MVLCD)
Low Calorie Diet (LCD)
Maintenance Program
Summary of Programs