Table 3

Self-monitoring behaviors (dietary and body weighing) done on most days of the week among successful and unsuccessful weight losers – Styles Survey, 2004

Successful

Unsuccessful

(n = 543)

(n = 1,415)

χ2

Behavior:

n

%

(se)a

%

(se)a

p-value


Monitor amount of food on plate

1,169

63.22

(2.70)

56.80

(1.57)

0.039

Plan meals

559

35.90

(2.61)

24.88

(1.35)

0.000*

Track carbohydrates

293

18.40

(1.94)

13.51

(1.05)

0.026

Track calories

226

17.73

(1.99)

8.84

(0.80)

<0.001*

Track fat

181

16.40

(1.97)

6.57

(0.73)

<0.001*

Measure food on plate

187

15.89

(1.89)

6.73

(0.76)

<0.001*

Not specified

399

14.06

(2.27)

24.61

(1.44)

0.001*

Weigh oneself (frequency)

Daily

270

20.30

(2.03)

11.00

(0.91)

Less often

1,674

79.70

(2.03)

89.00

(0.91)

<0.001


a Standard error.

*Significant difference between successful and unsuccessful (p < 0.01).

The item about the frequency of weighing oneself was asked in a separate question.

Kruger et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2006 3:17   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-3-17

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