With conventional diet wisdom, face-to-face support, and weight loss apps how do you know which one is most effective? And is one way better than another?
Comparing Weight Loss Programs
There are literally thousands of weight loss apps on the market today that are on a seemingly upward trend. They are cost-effective and require minimal time on the part of the patient. Others need support and to “check in” with someone to help hold them accountable. Investigators of a recent study set out to uncover which programs help participants lose the most weight.
In a single-blinded randomized controlled trial among obese adults of the 102 participants that were eligible 81 (79%) completed the study. The three intervention groups consisted of a conventional face-to-face weight loss program, a weight loss app program (app group), and a partial face-to-face and partial app program (combination group). All intervention groups received the same advice from a dietitian and a physical activity coach during a 12-week period. The control group did not receive any information during the same period.
Weight Loss Results
It was found that all three intervention groups saw at least 5% more weight loss than the control group. There was no significant difference between those in the conventional group vs. the combination group, however there was a notable difference in weight loss between the app group and combination group. The study found that those who used a combination method saw 5% or more weight loss than those using an app alone.
A key takeaway from the study is that some intervention is better than none at all. While it can be time consuming to take part in a face-to-face weight loss program committing to a combination of support and an app can help you lose the most weight, saving you time while helping you shed extra pounds.
At Diablo Family Physicians we offer a face-to-face support program that yields sustainable results. If you need more flexibility with your time we offer virtual weigh ins that help you stay on track with the added support of your physician.
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