Success in losing weight measurable

Success in losing weight measurable

Success in losing weight - new measuring instrument should help

They are called "Fatburner", "FDH" or "Atkins Diet". If you want to lose weight, you can access a wide selection of diets. Success can sometimes be seen fairly quickly. The problem with various diets is, unfortunately, that it doesn't take long for the pounds to be back in place as soon as you fall back into old habits.

In order to really reduce weight sustainably, you also need to change your behavior. Social medics at the Public Health Center at MedUni Vienna have now developed a measuring instrument that can predict the success of a diet. With the so-called Compass questionnaire, not only the will and motivation (compilance) of the person to participate in the corresponding diet can be measured, but also to what extent the will to change behavior is present. "With the help of the compass, you get exactly the information you need to optimally support the patient in activating personal resources for therapeutic success," explains Rudolf Schoberberger from the Institute for Social Medicine at the Center for Public Health at MedUni Vienna. The doctor is given a checklist of 12 questions to determine whether the patient has doubts about the program or whether the recommendations for a change in behavior are actually being implemented. It is also possible to take patient suggestions into account.

Personal tendencies should be shown. All in all, the Compass questionnaire was tested on 253 participants in the weight loss program "Slim without a diet" and proved to be an effective means of predicting success. For this purpose, data can be determined which provide information about the norm behavior, the organization, the social support and the knowledge of the dieters.

The evaluation showed that the person who answered above the compilance mean lost almost 6 kilograms within 12 months and could also keep the weight sustainably. On the other hand, people who did poorly on the questionnaire achieved hardly any noteworthy weight loss success or ended the diet prematurely. For the social medicine specialists, the focus of the study was on the possibilities of compilance diagnostics. "It is also about the motivation of the respective caregiver to respond even more closely to the personal needs of the patients," says Schoberberger. (fr)

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