OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

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The journal publishes a variety of article types: Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.9 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 14.7 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 8 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2024  Archive: 2023 2022 2021

Topical Collection

Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Loss


Prof. Roberto Cannataro, MSc

Galascreen srl University of Calabria, 87036 Rende (CS) Italy

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Research Interests: Nutrition and dietetics; miRNA; supplements formulation; sports medicine; nutritional Biochemistry; nutrition assessment; phytochemicals; body composition; carbohydrate metabolism; and energy metabolism

Prof. Jorge Luis Petro, ePhD, CSCS

Associate Professor, Research Group in Physical Activity, Sports and Health Sciences (GICAFS), Universidad de Córdoba, Montería 230002, Colombia

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Research Interests: Exercise science; exercise physiology; strength & conditioning; sport physiology; exercise testing; exercise intervention; body composition; exercise biochemistry; nutrition and exercise performance

Prof. Diego A. Bonilla, cPhD, ISAK 3

Research Division, DBSS INTERNATIONAL, Bogotá 110861, Colombia

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Research Interests: Nutrition and dietetics; nutritional biochemistry; systems biology; molecular biology; biochemistry; sports medicine; exercise science; body composition; muscle growth; nutrition and exercise performance; dietary supplements

About this topic

Overweight and obesity are global public health problems, which in most cases result from a combination of excessive caloric intake and physical inactivity. At a physiological level, they are characterized by hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the adipocytes in white adipose tissue but also involve alterations at the endocrine level that can affect other tissues, including brown adipose tissue. In this sense, new evidence is constantly emerging about the nutrition and exercise strategies for optimizing body fat reduction while preserving the fat-free mass and the rest energy expenditure. Unfortunately, the disadvantage of social media marketing makes this practice characterized by abundant misinformation, malpractices, pseudoscience or "broscience" and the transmission of concepts in a reductionist manner by those who call themselves "professionals", "experts" or "researchers" in the area, without having any quality education or accredited experience in the research field. Furthermore, the frequent consumption of performance or image enhancing drugs, which are known to have several side effects and increase the risk of morbidity and mortality, makes necessary that recommendations based on the results of scientific research with the aim of maximizing results, increase adherence to the intervention programs and avoid the consumption of drugs. This Special Issue will cover topics related to nutrition and exercise interventions for weight loss from a metabolic, physiological, or performance point of view in several populations (healthy subjects, overweight / obese individuals, exercisers focused on muscle-building and high-level athletes).

Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Original research articles, reviews, case studies as well as short communications are welcomed. All papers published in OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine (ISSN 2573-4393) are published in full open access. In order to provide free access to readers, and to cover the costs of peer review, copyediting, typesetting, long-term archiving, and journal management, a paper processing charge (APC) of 300 USD (US Dollars) applies to papers accepted after peer review in 2020. Please note that for papers submitted before 30 June 2020 a 50% discount of publication fee applies. In addition to US Dollar, we also accept payment in Euros (EUR), or British Pound Sterling (GBP). Please note there are no submission charges in OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine.

Publication (8 papers)


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Open Access Original Research

Eryngium carlinae Extract and Exercise Improve Blood Lipid Profile and Skeletal Muscle Function in Obese Rats

Received: 08 January 2024;  Published: 10 July 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2403040


An excess of adipose tissue characterizes obesity; it is associated with complications such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases due to an alteration in the lipid profile; this condition affects all tissues; even skeletal muscle is the most affected, causing its malfunction and bringing more sign [...]
Open Access Review

Scoping Review of Nutraceuticals Use in Mediterranean Diet

Received: 25 September 2023;  Published: 05 July 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2403039


Mediterranean diet, considered key to varied diets, raises whether it is necessary to supplement it with compounds like nutraceuticals to obtain more benefits. A scoping review was conducted. Nine articles were selected that compared the effects of nutraceuticals on biochemical markers (such as tota [...]


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Open Access Review

Optimizing Lymphedema Outcomes through Lifestyle

Received: 11 January 2023;  Published: 17 March 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2301016


Lymphedema, a chronic incurable condition characterized by edema, inflammation, reactive fibrosis, adipose proliferation, and compromised immune function, affects over 250 million people worldwide [1]. Further, a comorbidity of obesity increases the risk of developing lymphedema and can [...]


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Open Access Editorial

Artificial Intelligence Applications in Digital Anthropometry 1

Received: 21 December 2022;  Published: 26 December 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2204056


Anthropometric measurements are frequently used to assess changes in body composition in different populations. Despite being a cheap, in-field, and relatively valid technique, the COVID-19 pandemic has impulse research on digital anthropometry across the globe. Machine learning, as the convergence [...]
Open Access Commentary

Cluster Sets for Muscle Hypertrophy: A Short Review

Received: 25 November 2021;  Published: 09 March 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2201010


Cluster-set resistance training is focused on performance improvements of sports by increasing the repetition maximum, jump height, and efficiency in the sprint. In this commentary, we present relevant aspects to optimize the use of cluster training under the context of muscle hypertroph [...]


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Open Access Perspective

Diabetes and Obesity

Received: 18 August 2021;  Published: 22 November 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104048


Obesity and Diabetes are leading causes of cardiovascular disease and mortality. They are closely linked because of insulin resistance. Hypertension and dyslipidaemia together with poor exercise drive atherosclerosis. Early treatment of blood sugar, dyslipidaemia and hypertension reverse [...]
Open Access Review

Exercise and Nutritional Strategies to Promote Weight Loss: A Narrative Review1

Received: 01 April 2021;  Published: 03 November 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104041


Obesity has historically been thought to simply be related to an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure. Weight loss recommendations have traditionally focused on reducing energy intake, maintaining either a high-carbohydrate low-fat diet or vice versa, and increasing physical a [...]
Open Access Case Report

Successful Weight Reduction in Metabolic Syndrome with a Hypocaloric Plant-Based Diet (Lacto-ovo-vegetarian Diet) with Exercise During an Educational Hospitalization: Report of Three Cases

Received: 13 January 2021;  Published: 20 February 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2101006


The high prevalence of obesity is a global concern. However, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease have similarities in epidemiology, diet, and gut microbial dysbiosis. An omnivorous (westernized) diet replacement with a plant-based diet in inflammatory bowel disease achieved better outcomes in bot [...]