Log Often, Lose More

Electronic Dietary Self-Monitoring for Weight Loss

Jean Harvey, Rebecca Krukowski, Jeff Priest, Delia West

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Abstract

Objective: Dietary self-monitoring is consistently related to both short- and long-term weight loss. The purpose of this study was to quantify the time spent and the daily frequency of self-monitoring necessary for weight-loss success. Methods: Participants in a 24-week, online, behavioral weight-control intervention recorded daily dietary intake using a Web-based dietary analysis program. Time spent self-monitoring and frequency of dietary journal page access were captured. Weight loss (kilograms) and the proportion of participants losing ≥ 5% and ≥ 10% of baseline weight were assessed at 6 months. Results: Participants (n = 142; BMI 35.8 kg/m 2 ; 90.8% female; 23.2% African American) spent an average of 23.2 minutes per day self-monitoring in month 1 and 14.6 minutes in month 6. For those still recording any minutes self-monitoring by month 6 (65.5%), there were no significant differences in time spent based on weight loss; however, those losing either ≥ 5% or ≥ 10% logged in to the journal Web page significantly more times per day (1.6 vs. 2.4, P < 0.001 for < 5% vs. ≥ 5%; 1.7 vs. 2.7, P < 0.001 for < 10% vs. ≥ 10%). Conclusions: The frequency of self-monitoring is significantly related to weight loss, with the time needed to be successful diminishing during the intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-384
Number of pages5
JournalObesity
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Log Often, Lose More : Electronic Dietary Self-Monitoring for Weight Loss. / Harvey, Jean; Krukowski, Rebecca; Priest, Jeff; West, Delia.

In: Obesity, Vol. 27, No. 3, 01.03.2019, p. 380-384.

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Harvey, Jean ; Krukowski, Rebecca ; Priest, Jeff ; West, Delia. / Log Often, Lose More : Electronic Dietary Self-Monitoring for Weight Loss. In: Obesity. 2019 ; Vol. 27, No. 3. pp. 380-384.
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