The Internet CAN Help You Keep Your Weight Off
August 21, 2010
According to new research, the Internet can help you keep weight off. The study found that the more often people logged on to a specially designed Kaiser Permanente weight loss website, the more likely they were to maintain weight loss.
The authors of the study believed that the website worked as a result of its mixture of accountability and sociability.
Site users were asked log in once a week to enter their weight and the amount of exercise they'd done -- and if they didn't log in regularly, they got an e-mail and then an automated phone call. Users could also chat with other study participants.
Time Magazine reports:
"The study began with 1,600 overweight or obese participants, about 350 of whom lost enough weight ... to stay in the trial ... Users who had logged on the most regularly -- at least once a month for 28 months -- had kept off the most weight, an average of 9 lbs. People who used the website the least kept off only 3 lb. on average."