CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - October 27, 2016) - Participants in Retrofit's personalized weight-management program lost on average more than 5 percent of their body weight and maintained their weight loss one year later, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Those who lost more than 10 percent of their body weight at 12 months weighed in and tracked activity more frequently and had a higher average daily step count.
"Obesity is the number one health issue facing our nation," said Jan Berger, MD, study co-author and consultant to Retrofit. "These results demonstrate that Retrofit is an effective and sustainable solution for tackling obesity, prediabetes and more than 50 other obesity-related diseases."
More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is the leading cause of preventable death costing the health-care system an estimated $147 billion to $210 billion per year. The medical costs for people who are obese are $1,429 higher than those who are not.
"Traditional wellness programs are often underused and only produce short-term weight-loss benefits," Berger said. "Initiating programs that are accessible and combine the personalized attention and behavior-change strategies from a master-level coach with the latest technology to monitor behavior and hold individuals accountable is key to achieving successful outcomes that decrease health-care costs."
About the Study
This retrospective study evaluated 2,720 clients from 2011 to 2014 who had a starting BMI of >25 kg/m² and were at least 18 years of age. Participants in Retrofit's program received the personalized attention of an expert coach and an activity tracker and wireless scale for self-monitoring. They also had access to a smart app and dashboard for tracking and notifications, expert-led interactive classes and social support from an online community to encourage healthy behaviors.
Weight-loss results were tracked at 6 months, 12 months and 24 months after beginning the program to evaluate change in body weight, BMI and percent that reached 5 percent or greater weight loss. Researchers found that participants lost an average of 5.21 percent of their weight at 6 months, 5.83 percent at 12 months and 4.09 percent at 24 months.
High-performing individuals also demonstrated greater adherence to self-monitoring behaviors, including number of weigh-ins (197.3 versus 165.4 for males, and 222 versus 167 for females), total activity tracker days (297.1 versus 255.3 for males and 304.7 versus 266.6 for females) and average steps per day (9,099.3 versus 8,251.4 for males and 8,380.9 versus 7059.7 for females). High-performing females also interacted more frequently with their coach.
"This study gives us valuable insights into the characteristics of high-performing individuals," said Whitney Mirro, VP of Operations and Account Management, Retrofit. "Our expert coaches use these predictors of success to further personalize and intervene early on when clients do not exhibit these behaviors."
Retrofit offers weight-management and disease-prevention solutions that help tackle obesity and related conditions to deliver proven outcomes and lasting results. Eighty-eight percent of Retrofit participants lose weight and 81 percent keep it off 12 months later. Retrofit clients also are two times happier than those on other weight-loss programs, according to a recent customer satisfaction survey. Retrofit contributes its success to five key factors: a scientifically based program design; highly credentialed experts who drive a personalized experience and true engagement; a data-driven, high-tech/ high-touch approach; the adaptability of the program to integrate or run discreetly within broader wellness ecosystems, and "happiness delivered" with proven outcomes that transform lives.