At the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society earlier this month, leadersÂ in the fitness and weight loss industry Â gathered in San Diego to discuss America’s obesity epidemic.
BodyMedia, Inc., shared results from a six month clinical trial that evaluated weight loss by using a wearable body monitoring system in an armband, used together with group lifestyle intervention (or behaviour support).
Participants were divided into three groups for the trial:
- Group lifestyle intervention
- BodyMedia FIT armband users alone
- Group lifestyle intervention plus BodyMedia FIT armband users.
At the end of the six months, the results were as follows:
- Group lifestyle intervention people lost an average of eight pounds
- BodyMedia FIT armband users, who used phone calls instead of face-to-face meetings, lost more than 12 pounds
- Participants in the face-to-face Group lifestyle intervention, who used the BodyMedia FIT armband as well, lost around 18 pounds.
All participants who used the BodyMedia FIT armbandÂ showed an increase in self-monitoring, cardio respiratory fitness and increased physical activity.
Another important finding of the study, by Dr John Jakicic, Ph.D. from theÂ University of Pittsburgh’s Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center,Â showed that 100 percent of the participants in the Group Lifestyle Intervention, with the BodyMedia FIT armband,Â stayed with the program for the entire six months.
This shows that having a body-monitoring device and group behaviour support can keep people engaged and motivated in their weight-loss program.