Regular self-weighing to promote weight maintenance after intentional weight loss: a quasi-randomized controlled trial

Claire D Madigan, Paul Aveyard, Kate Jolly, John Denley, Amanda Lewis, Amanda J Daley

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many overweight people take action to lose weight but most regain this weight.

PURPOSE: To examine the effectiveness of a weight maintenance intervention focused on regular self-weighing after receiving a 12-week weight loss programme.

METHODS: Quasi-randomized controlled trial of 3768 obese or overweight men and women. The intervention group (n = 3290) received two telephone calls, the offer of free weighing scales, encouragement to weigh themselves weekly and record this on a card. The main outcome was change in weight between 3 and 12 months.

RESULTS: Using intention to treat analysis both groups regained weight; however, the intervention group on average regained 1.23 kg, whereas the control group regained 1.83 kg. Adjusting for covariates resulted in a mean difference of 0.68 kg (95% CI 0.12, 1.24) at 12-month follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS: Encouraging people who have recently lost weight to weigh themselves regularly prevents some weight regain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-67
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Body Weight
  • Female
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Self Care
  • Social Support
  • Telephone
  • Weight Loss

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