Evidence-based Tools for Weight Loss Maintenance
Weight Loss Maintenance
Weight loss programmes help people lose weight but don’t help them keep it off.
Evidence-based research on what works and what does not work.
Mobile apps, web-based tools and inputs from other technologies, such as smart scales and activity trackers.
Evidence it Works
The NoHoW Toolkit will be tested in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Denmark.
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Health problems associated with obesity are a major healthcare challenge. Effective interventions and successful commercial weight loss programmes to help people lose weight already exist. However, most people re-gain the weight they lose – weight loss maintenance is really difficult.
Researchers already know that weight loss maintenance (WLM) depends on changing behaviours. There are many techniques available to help people change their behaviour in the long term but we still don’t know which of these techniques work best for WLM or why. We also don’t know how different social and healthcare contexts influence the effectiveness of different techniques. To better tackle obesity and being overweight, we need to learn more about how different people change their behavior to maintain their weight loss - this is the main research aim of NoHoW.
During the project, we’ll also use what we learn about behavior changes to develop tools to help people maintain their weight loss, and look at how technology can be put to work to help people make lasting changes. We’ll then assemble a Toolkit for WLM - the NoHoW Toolkit - that we’ll test with the help of participants in the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Denmark.
Weight Loss Maintenance (WLM)
Which techniques work best for WLM? The NoHoW team is working on strategies and predictors for WLM.
We need to learn more about how different people change their behavior to maintain their weight loss. At the moment, we don’t know enough about how people maintain their weight loss, or why they regain weight, to develop really effective programmes for weight loss maintenance (WLM).
NoHoW Toolkit for Weight Loss Maintenance
The Toolkit will include a set of mobile apps, web-based tools and inputs from other technologies, such as smart scales and activity trackers. We’ll also learn what our potential users would like to see included and how they would like to interact with the Toolkit.
Once we’ve put the NoHoW Toolkit together, we’ll test it to see how it works through a research study carried out in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Denmark.
Meet the team
The NoHoW team is composed of behavioural scientists, psychologists, weight loss maintenance experts, tracking technology and ICT experts, intervention trialists and biostatisticians from across Europe, supported by an experienced project management team. The team also has the dissemination and communication networks to ensure that the project delivers the intended impact, in both commercial and academic spheres.
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF OBESITY
UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
MILES-BRAMWELL EXECUTIVE SERVICES LIMITED, Slimming World
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS