Lifestyle Interventions for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction: A Systematic Review of the Effects of Diet Composition, Food Provision, and Treatment Modality on Weight Loss

  • Gareth R. Dutton
  • Melissa H. Laitner
  • Michael G. Perri
Nutrition (JP Foreyt, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Nutrition


The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate, synthesize, and interpret findings from recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of dietary and lifestyle weight loss interventions examining the effects of (1) diet composition, (2) use of food provision, and (3) modality of treatment delivery on weight loss. Trials comparing different dietary approaches indicated that reducing carbohydrate intake promoted greater initial weight loss than other approaches but did not appear to significantly improve long-term outcomes. Food provision appears to enhance adherence to reduction in energy intake and produce greater initial weight losses. The long-term benefits of food provision are less clear. Trials comparing alternative treatment modalities suggest that phone-based treatment produce short- and long-term weight reductions equivalent to face-to-face interventions. The use of Internet and mobile technologies are associated with smaller reductions in body weight than face-to-face interventions. Based on this review, clinical implications and future research directions are provided.


Obesity Weight loss Cardiovascular disease Lifestyle intervention Behavioral treatment Diet Systematic review Randomized controlled trial Adults 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gareth R. Dutton
    • 1
  • Melissa H. Laitner
    • 2
  • Michael G. Perri
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Preventive MedicineUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Clinical and Health PsychologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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