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Byte by Bite: Use of a mobile Bite Counter and weekly behavioral challenges to promote weight loss

Byte by Bite: Use of a mobile Bite Counter and weekly behavioral challenges to promote weight loss

Smart Health 3-4: 20-26

The goal of this study was to examine the usability and feasibility of the mobile Bite Counter (a watch-like device that detects when a user consumes food or beverage) and the impact of weekly behavioral challenges on diet and physical activity outcomes. Overweight (mean BMI 31.1±4.9 kg/m2) adults (n=12) were recruited to participate in a four-week study to test both the usability and feasibility of using the device as part of a behavioral weight loss intervention. Participants were instructed to self-monitor number of bites/day using the Bite Counter, attend weekly group sessions, and listen to weekly podcasts. Participants were given weekly challenges: use a daily bite limit goal (wk1), turn off Bite Counter when fruits/vegetables are consumed (wk2), self-monitor kilocalories vs. bites (wk3), and receive a 10 bites/day bonus for every 30 minutes of exercise (wk4). Participants lost a mean of -1.2±1.3 kg. Only the wk3 challenge produced significant differences in kcal change (wk3 1302±120 kcal/day vs. baseline 2042±302 kcal/d, P<0.05). Bite Counter use was significantly correlated with weight loss (r= -0.58, P<0.05). Future studies should examine the use of the Bite Counter and impact of behavioral challenges over a longer period of time in a controlled study.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.smhl.2017.03.004

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