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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2015, Article ID 763680, 9 pages
Research Article

Frequent Self-Weighing and Visual Feedback for Weight Loss in Overweight Adults

1University of Minnesota Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, 1300 S. 2nd Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA
2Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences, 112 Savage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Received 23 October 2014; Revised 8 April 2015; Accepted 13 April 2015

Academic Editor: Francesco Saverio Papadia

Copyright © 2015 Carly R. Pacanowski and David A. Levitsky. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Evidence has suggested that self-weighing may be beneficial for weight control in adults, but few studies have independently assessed the contribution of this behavior to weight loss. This study experimentally tested daily self-weighing and visual feedback (the Caloric Titration Method (CTM)) as a weight loss and weight loss maintenance intervention over 2 years. 162 overweight individuals were randomized to the CTM intervention or delayed treatment control group. In year 1, weight change was compared between groups, and in year 2, the control group started using the CTM while the intervention group continued using the CTM for maintenance. A significant difference in weight loss over the first year (CTM n = 70; 2.6 ± 5.9 kg versus control n = 65; 0.5 ± 4.4 kg, p = 0.019) was qualified by a group × gender × time interaction (p = 0.002) such that men lost more weight using the CTM. In year 2, the CTM group maintained their weight and the control group lost an amount similar to the intervention group in year 1. Daily self-weighing and visual feedback facilitated a minimal amount of weight loss and maintenance of this loss. Future research investigating characteristics of those who benefit from this type of self-directed intervention is warranted.