We’ve proven that our 2-Step program gives patients rapid, long-term weight-loss results.

As part of our efforts to verify our methods and quantify our success, we conducted internal outcomes studies in 2006 and 2013, focusing on our flagship 2-Step program. We’ve included simplified analyses of each study below.

If you’d like to read the full report on either study, please contact our office. We’re happy to provide our results to patients because we value transparency… and because we’re proud of our outcomes.

Consistent, Successful Methods and Outcomes

In our most recent study, 92% of participants lost at least 10% of their body weight.
Over the course of this study, we tracked the weight, body mass index (BMI) and common health indicators of 93 participants (male and female). We’re excited to announce the following weight-loss results:

  • 100% of participants reduced their weight by at least 5%
  • 92% of participants lost at least 10% of their weight
  • 25% of participants lost at least 25% of their weight

And while our patients were able to lose 2 to 5 lbs. per week, weight loss isn’t the whole story. We saw average improvements in every common health indicator that we measured, including triglycerides, blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.

This table summarizes the results:

*only 6 participants had initial and final readings for the Hba1c metric.

Our 2006 study participants maintained a 41 lb. average reduction in weight, supporting our track record of success.

We looked at the average results of 23 participants who had spent at least 4 months in Step 1: New Direction and 18 months in Step 2: Compass after 8 years of total involvement with The Hernried Center.

Compared to the next best long-term study of a different nonsurgical program, our participants saw a five-fold greater reduction in weight. Here are the average results from our study:

Time at The Hernried Center 8 years
Initial weight 247 lbs.
Weight lost during Step 1: New Direction 88 lbs.
Weight loss maintained 41 lbs.
Percent of original weight loss maintained 58%
Initial body mass index (BMI) 40
BMI after 8 years 34


In addition to their weight-loss results, participants showed the following improvements in their obesity-related health risks:

Risk of death reduced by 43%
Risk of heart disease reduced by 35%
Risk of type 2 diabetes reduced by 42%


The Hernried Center’s 2-Step approach shows unsurpassed weight-loss results because we correct the fundamental behaviors behind weight gain. That way, the weight stays off while your health and emotional benefits remain. Our program is not a “quick fix” — it’s designed to provide effective, long-term relief from obesity. And this study proves that our program works if you work the program.

Studies were conducted independent of any third-party.

These studies were run by The Hernried Center as part of an internal research program for the education of our staff and patients, and to provide information often requested by referring physicians. It was not funded or sponsored by any product supplier or other third-party and may not be used or published without The Hernried Center’s explicit, written permission.

For more information about our results, call 800-815-4881. You can also request a free phone consultation by using our easy online form.