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Is self-weighing an effective tool for weight loss: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, August 2015
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Title
Is self-weighing an effective tool for weight loss: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, August 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12966-015-0267-4
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Authors

Claire D. Madigan, Amanda J. Daley, Amanda L. Lewis, Paul Aveyard, Kate Jolly

Abstract

There is a need to identify effective behavioural strategies for weight loss. Self-weighing may be one such strategy. To examine the effectiveness of self-weighing for weight loss. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials that included self-weighing as an isolated intervention or as a component within an intervention. We used sub groups to analyse differences in frequency of weighing instruction (daily and weekly) and also whether including accountability affected weight loss. Only one study examined self-weighing as a single strategy and there was no evidence it was effective (-0.5 kg 95 % CI -1.3 to 0.3). Four trials added self-weighing/self-regulation techniques to multi-component programmes and resulted in a significant difference of -1.7 kg (95 % CI -2.6 to -0.8). Fifteen trials comparing multi-component interventions including self-weighing compared with no intervention or minimal control resulted in a significant mean difference of -3.4 kg (95 % CI -4.2 to -2.6). There was no significant difference in the interventions with weekly or daily weighing. In trials which included accountability there was significantly greater weight loss (p = 0.03). There is a lack of evidence of whether advising self-weighing without other intervention components is effective. Adding self-weighing to a behavioural weight loss programme may improve weight loss. Behavioural weight loss programmes that include self-weighing are more effective than minimal interventions. Accountability may improve the effectiveness of interventions that include self-weighing.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 120 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 23 19%
Student > Bachelor 20 16%
Researcher 16 13%
Student > Master 13 11%
Other 9 7%
Other 26 21%
Unknown 16 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 28 23%
Psychology 26 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 10%
Sports and Recreations 8 7%
Social Sciences 5 4%
Other 22 18%
Unknown 22 18%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 178. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 April 2022.
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