Perspective from Stephen Devries, MD
November 13, 2018
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Daily weighing may help with weight loss

Perspective from Stephen Devries, MD
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CHICAGO — Adults who monitor their weight frequently with daily weighing may be more likely to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight than those who weigh themselves rarely, according to data presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

“We examined the self-weighing patterns of 1,042 adults and whether there were differences in weight change by these self-weighing patterns over 12 months,” Yaguang Zheng, PhD, MSN, RN, postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, told Cardiology Today. “We analyzed remotely transmitted self-weighing data from Health eHeart, an ongoing prospective e-cohort study. The participants weighed themselves at home as they normally would, without interventions, guidance or weight-loss incentives from researchers. We found that people who don’t weigh themselves at all or rarely were less likely to lose weight than those who weighed themselves often. Therefore, daily weighing may help with weight loss.”

For the study, researchers analyzed data related to participants’ (78% men; 90% white; mean age, 48 years; mean BMI, 28.9 kg/m2) weight beginning on the first day they used a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled scale and continuing for 12 months.

Six temporal patterns of self-weighing were identified including nonusers (11.6%), weekly users (18.1%), rapid decliners (10.7%), increasing users (15.1%), slow decliners (17.6%) and persistent daily users (26.9%).

Researchers found that persistent daily users were more likely to be older, women or those who self-weighed 6 or 7 days during the first week of monitoring.

It was also observed that there were differences in percent weight change based on specific self-weighing patterns over time (P < .001), with persistent daily users (mean standard error, –1.7), increasing users (–0.8), rapid decliners (–1.9) and slow decliners (–1.8) losing significant weight over 12 months (P < .01 for all).

Nonusers and weekly users did not have significant weight loss (–0.2 and 0.2, respectively; P > .05 for both).

“Monitoring body weight may increase one’s awareness of how changing behaviors can affect weight loss,” Zheng said. “These findings support the central role of self-monitoring in changing behavior and increasing success in any attempt to better manage weight.” – by Melissa J. Webb

Reference:

Zheng Y, et al. Poster Sa2394. Presented at: American Heart Association Scientific Sessions; Nov. 10-12, 2018; Chicago.

Disclosures: The authors report no relevant financial disclosures.