Parts of a recent study, published in the ‘Center for Advancing Health’ new release, confirm that online weight loss can be a real success. The accomplishment does seem to be influenced about the fact that the weight loss seeker is making his weight loss performance public and most of all by the fact that the community sends him online feedback and comments for his results. The detail that he is sharing his weight loss experience with the public adds to the motivation, because no one wants to be associated with failure.
The study, lead by Rena Wing, from Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, included 179 individuals which took part of the Shape Up RI challenge. This is a 12 or 8-week long (depending on the season, summer or spring) weight loss competition, which allows participants to compete in teams and track their nutrition, exercise and weight.
The participants where divided in teams and further, in two larger groups. The teams from the first group had to follow the basic Shape Up RI program and also got video lessons on weight loss. The second group had all the features from the first one plus self-monitoring of weight and online generated feedback. Surprisingly or not the second group lost an average of 7.7 pounds (3.5 kilograms). The first group had a slower weight loss of just 3.1 pounds (1.4 kilograms), within the twelve-week program.
This proves that online weight loss feedback boosted weight loss results by almost 150%. This can be explained that participants found extra motivation to drop those pounds, once they knew that they’ll get online feedback for their weight loss. Losing weight can be also improved if interim results are published along the program. If they are positive, the online feedback will only encourage one the keep on improving. If they’re negative, a participant should try to dig deeper and improve.
Online weight loss is becoming more and more popular these days. With social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and many others it’s very easy to join online weight loss groups and share your weight loss experience with people world-wide. The fact that you are trying to lose weight and share this online with your friends can only boost your results as proven by the above mentioned study. You will feel extra determined to prove to everyone that you are strong enough to lose weight. We usually care what friends and relatives think and say about us and their feedback is always important. Follow your plan, lose the weight and receive only positives. Good luck!
Study provided by: HealthDay News