Core Behavior Skills

Weight Loss Case Study

A Look into What CBS can DO.

This is an actual case study performed by the team at Core Behavior Skills. This person came to us with the goal that a lot of people have, which was to lose weight. They consulted a lifestyle coach and tried out fad diets like ‘keto’ and ‘weight watchers’ while exercising but had a difficult time. Our team was able to come up with a plan that could stick.

First, the CBS team got to know the client which included their goals, and why they wanted them specifically.  Their goal was to lose weight to reduce their need for certain medications.  We helped them align with the goal of losing 15 pounds at a healthy rate of 15 weeks. By creating a specific and achievable goal, Core Behavior Skills made progress tracking simple, and helped define when services would likely be faded out.  

For the first month, four 15-30 minute sessions with one of our certified behavior analyst were scheduled to develop goals, educate, and customize a plan for the patient.  Meetings with our team were decreased over time. 

During our sessions, with the help of our behavior analysts the patient: 

  • Was taught the proper way to track progress to stay motivated.
  • Provided with nutrition education for their particular needs.
  • Identified antecedents in their schedule and routine that can be changed.
  • Identified triggers and plans for when they happen.
  • Gradual changes to adapt taste buds.
  • Created “planned cheat days” where the patient could plan to eat certain foods that they prefer. 
This plan was implemented, updated, and customized throughout the course of their treatment to reflect any new information. 
The patient's actual data set.

Data Analysis

As you can see above, for about 20 days before implementing a plan, the patient weighed above 235 lbs. The vertical line indicates when the treatment plan was initiated at about the 23rd day.  

You can clearly see a steady decline. The average person fluctuates their weight about 2 pounds per day, so taking the weight at the same time every day was crucial.  The patients weight was taken every morning, with the absence of information on the occasional day.  The consistency of the weigh-ins become more frequent after the 95th day.  

There are some spikes, which were accounted for around the 120th day, which were the holidays.  Planned “cheat” days are something that is accounted for in ABA therapy.  

Overall, the patient achieved their goal, and learned what techniques specifically worked for them to continue their progress.  The data collected was also able to help inform their doctors on when would be best to ease the patient off of specific medications.  


Our goal is to help you improve your lifestyle and acheive your goals. 

Give us a call today to learn more about what else CBS can do.  

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