Online Tracking Beats Paper for Weight Loss

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Tracking weight loss on a computer helps patients shed more pounds than other hands-off advice, but won’t top in-person interventions, a new review found.


Over 6 months, computer-based interventions led to greater weight loss than minimal interventions such as a brochure on how to lose weight (mean difference -1.5 kg, 95% CI -2.1 to -0.9), Louise Falzon, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center, and colleagues wrote in a Cochrane Review.


But patients in these programs had less weight loss than those who had in-person treatment (mean difference 2.1 kg, 95% CI 0.8 to 3.4), they reported.


“Computer-based interventions have a positive effect on short-term weight loss and short-term weight loss maintenance,” they wrote, but they “result in smaller losses and lower levels of weight maintenance” than in-person counseling.

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