Friday, October 31, 2008

Phone Coaching Can Help Promote Modest Weight Loss

“Many Americans rarely leave home without their phones, and that could come in handy for those attempting to lose weight, according to a new study. ‘Since so many people use cell phones and gas prices were getting higher, we thought, 'How well can we reach people, and how well can we reach people if it's not face to face?' said Larry Tucker, Ph.D., the study's lead author. Tucker and colleagues at Brigham Young University found that of 120 men and women, those who received 11 sessions of personalized weight-loss phone coaching over a 17-week period lost an average of seven pounds, compared with an average of four pounds in un-coached adults. The sessions lasted 30 minutes. The study appears in the November/December issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion. ‘People tend to do better when they have a support system and when they have someone they report to each week. The weight loss coach can help people work through weight loss issues, barriers and problems,’ Tucker said. ‘Compared to no coaching, phone coaching tends to show a benefit.’”

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