When you’re coaching clients for fat loss, face-to-face interaction isn’t mandatory. According to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine (doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1108660), telephone interventions are as effective as in-person meetings. The 24-month study included 415 obese individuals with a mean age of 54 years. “One intervention provided patients with weight loss support remotely—through the telephone, a study-specific website, and e-mail,” the study authors explained. “The other intervention provided in-person support during group and individual sessions (from employees at Johns Hopkins University), along with the three remote means of support.” The website included learning modules; tools for monitoring weight loss, exercise levels and calorie intake; and feedback on behaviors. Participants received monthly emails that included progress reports. Those who failed to log on to the study website for longer than 7 days received encouragement emails.
After 2 years, control group participants had lost an average of less than 2 pounds. Subjects in both of the other groups had lost an average of 10 pounds. “The percentage of participants who lost 5% or more of their initial weight was 18.8% in the control group, 38.2% in the group receiving remote support only, and 41.4% in the group receiving in-person support,” the researchers explained.
The weight loss difference between the two intervention groups was not statistically significant.
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Stay up tp date with our latest news and products.