Are breaks in daily self-weighing associated with weight gain?

Elina E. Helander, Anna-Leena Vuorinen (Corresponding Author), Brian Wansink, Ilkka Korhonen

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    Regular self-weighing is linked to successful weight loss and maintenance. However, an individual's self-weighing frequency typically varies over time. This study examined temporal associations between time differences of consecutive weight measurements and the corresponding weight changes by analysing longitudinal self-weighing data, including 2,838 weight observations from 40 individuals attending a health-promoting programme. The relationship between temporal weighing frequency and corresponding weight change was studied primarily using a linear mixed effects model. Weight change between consecutive weight measurements was associated with the corresponding time difference (β = 0.021% per day, p<0.001). Weight loss took place during periods of daily self-weighing, whereas breaks longer than one month posed a risk of weight gain. The findings emphasize that missing data in weight management studies with a weight-monitoring component may be associated with non-adherence to the weight loss programme and an early sign of weight gain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere113164
    JournalPLoS ONE
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • weight loss
    • weight gain
    • health promotion
    • data management
    • confidence intervals
    • body weight


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