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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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USC Chan OS/OT Faculty Practice

Lifestyle Redesign® for Weight Management

Occupational therapists understand that successfully managing weight can be incredibly complex. Many of our clients feel like they know what to do, yet are just not able to consistently implement change. On the other hand, many of our clients feel like there is too much information available, so that what should feel straightforward quickly becomes confusing.

The reality is that there are many factors which impact daily decisions that can support or hinder progress, factors which need the help of a professional to help navigate. In addition to weight loss goals, many of our clients are managing additional challenges such as chronic pain, stress and fatigue. With the support of an OT, our clients report that they are able to take more control over their choices in order to feel better and create a lifestyle that improves overall quality of life and sense of well-being.

Occupational therapy’s approach to weight management is comprehensive. Clients who attend Lifestyle Redesign for Weight Management are surprised to learn that our intervention can address so much more than diet and exercise. While diet and exercise are the cornerstones of weight loss, topics like mood, sleep, time management, relationships and mindset greatly influence the long-term process. Through education, problem solving and self-awareness strategies, our OTs help clear up the confusion surrounding weight loss, and help you create a customized routine that incorporates your personal needs and preferences.

We can help you to:

  • Learn the principles of healthy eating and plan ahead to maximize follow through
  • Identify and engage in desired physical activities
  • Learn how to effectively manage stress, anxiety and depression
  • Increase your awareness of emotional eating and learn strategies to minimize it
  • Explore meaningful leisure activities
  • Learn to read, interpret and compare food labels
  • Develop strategies for healthier dining out and social eating
  • Improve energy levels and focus in daily activities
  • Learn how to be mindful in daily routines to support long-term changes

Andrea* came to the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice after trying multiple diets that never worked. Both Andrea’s health and attitude were suffering from being obese, but she had become frustrated and hopeless about ever losing weight.

I started the program in June 2008. I am considered to be severely obese for my height. I had basically given up hope of ever losing a single pound. From about 1982 through 1995, I was off and on different diets, they were always drastic and what I lost never stayed off. Now I have a whole different perspective about my lifestyle choices. It’s not a diet for me, it’s a new way of life. No tricks, no buying pre-portioned food. Learning the science of nutrition, learning to gradually make better choices and positive reinforcement from the therapist and students have really changed my life, for the better.

— Andrea* (name changed to protect privacy)

Having other members in the group helped lead to my success. Watching them grow as people while we all learned, week after week, was very encouraging.

— Participant, Lifestyle Redesign for Weight Management


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Lifestyle Redesign for Weight Management

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