Interacting regularly with a coach as part of a weight-management program significantly affects an individual's ability to lose weight, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
"We know that weight-management programs that offer coach support are more effective at engaging participants and delivering weight-loss success," said Robert Kushner, MD, MS, co-author and Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Medicine. "This study goes a step further and sheds light on the type of coach and client interactions that affect weight-loss."
The study retrospectively evaluated 1,432 male and female participants aged 18 years or older with a baseline body mass index (BMI) of ≥25 kg/m² enrolled from 2011 to 2016 in Retrofit, a 6-month weight-management and disease-prevention solution. Participants also provided at least one weight measurement beyond baseline.