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- Loss of 10 percent of body weight in 6 months
- Weight loss of 3-4 pounds per week
- Loss of 3 inches around the waist in 3 months
- Caloric intake between 500 and 1000 calories per day
Weight loss instruction is a common element of nursing care; it may often be included as part of primary care, but interventions are often necessary at all levels of healthcare for overweight and obese patients. A common recommendation is for the patient to lose 10 percent of his body weight within 6 months. The amount of weight to lose and the rate at which to lose it will vary depending on the patients condition.
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