AWM: Major Recommendations (2014)

AWM: Major Recommendations (2014)

Recommendations are categorized in terms of either conditional or imperative statements. While conditional statements clearly define a specific situation, imperative statements are broadly applicable to the target population and do not impose restraints on their application.

Conditional recommendations are presented in an if/then format, such that:


Fulfillment of the condition triggers one or more guideline-specified actions. In contrast, imperative recommendations include terms such as “require, ” “must, ” and “should, ” and do not contain conditional text that would limit their applicability to specified circumstances.

Resources Available with Each Recommendation

In addition to the recommendation statement and strength rating, you will find on each recommendation page:

  • A brief narrative summary of the evidence analyzed to reach the recommendation
  • A statement of justification, or reason for the strength of the recommendation
  • Detailed information on the evidence supporting the recommendations and background narrative (available in the Supporting Evidence section toward the bottom of each recommendation page)
  • A reference list at the end of each recommendation page that includes all the sources used in the evidence analysis for the particular recommendation (each reference is hyperlinked to a summary of the article analyzed in the evidence analysis).

Below, you will find a list of the Adult Weight Management Recommendations, organized according to the stage of the Nutrition Care Process and by topic. To see the Recommendation Summary, just click on the Recommendation title. Print the entire recommendation in PDF format.

Nutrition Screening and Referral

AWM: Screening and Referral for MNT


Nutrition Assessment

AWM: Medical Nutrition Therapy

AWM: Duration and Frequency of MNT

AWM: Incorporating Telenutrition Interventions

AWM: Weight Management for Older Adults

AWM: Assess Data to Individualize the Comprehensive Weight Management Program

AWM: Assess Motivation for Weight Management

AWM: Assess Energy Needs

AWM: Assess Energy Intake and Nutrient Content of the Diet


Nutrition Intervention

AWM: Realistic Weight Goal Setting

AWM: Components of a Comprehensive Weight Management Program

AWM: Caloric Reduction and Nutrient Adequacy

AWM: Dietary Approaches for Caloric Reduction

AWM: Eating Frequency and Meal Patterns

AWM: Portion Control and Meal Replacements/Structured Meal Plans

AWM: Encourage Physical Activity

AWM: Multiple Behavior Therapy Strategies

AWM: Coordination of Care


Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation

AWM: Monitor and Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Comprehensive Weight Management Program

AWM: Monitor and Evaluate Energy Intake and Energy Needs