Vtrim® was developed and refined through clinical trials by renowned obesity researcher Jean Harvey-Berino, PhD, RD, and colleagues in the University of Vermont Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences with over $8 million dollars in NIH Funding.
The goal of Dr. Harvey-Berino’s research was to develop a platform to make clinical best-practice weight-loss treatment accessible to as many people as possible by using the Internet.
Vtrim’s research is ongoing, click here to read a press release about the latest research using Vtrim’s online behavioral weight management program for college students. Vtrim is offered for credit at the University of Vermont and is being introduced to Colleges and Universities across the country.
Click here to read the article Undergrad and Overweight: An Online Behavioral Weight Management Program for College Students in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
- Vtrim has the highest average weight loss of any structured weight loss program at 19lbs in 6 months.
- Participants in clinical trials maintained a 5% weight loss goal at 12 months.
- 33% of Vtrim participants lose more than 10% of their initial body weight.
- 83% of Vtrim participants achieve at least 5% weight loss.
The Vtrim® program takes place entirely online with the same behavior-change features that proved successful in clinical weight loss studies including:
- Live expert-led online group (RD, MS)
- Small private groups of 12 to 20 participants
- Individualized Calorie Goal; 1–2 lb loss/week
- Proven Graduated Exercise Program; 2000 calories/wk
- 12-week web-based behavior-change program with supporting activities
- Structured proven program model
- Online group support (peer and expert)
- Weekly professional guidance, feedback, accountability (website and e-mail)
Vtrim has been used in obesity clinical trials at the University of Vermont for 19 years and was perfected in an online format over 13 years of research and development. Vtrim has published:
- 5 peer-reviewed papers that prove the efficacy of Vtrim
- 2 peer-reviewed papers report correlation of website usage to outcome
- 1 in-press peer-reviewed paper “Vtrim for Undergrads”
and the research is still ongoing.