Those of us who have taught LifeSteps® know the program works!
Our participants know the program works!
And now, we have published data that shows LifeSteps® works!
The study was published in the July/September 2018 Topics in Clinical Nutrition: “Impact of the LIFESTEPS Weight Management Program on measures of adiposity, self-efficacy, and lifestyle behaviors” by Woolf, Kathleen, PhD, RDN, FACSM; Heller, Jenna E.,MS, RDN; et al.
The study evaluated measures of adiposity, self-efficacy, and lifestyle behavior in 1592 participants from 13 states enrolled in LifeSteps®.
Special thanks to Kathleen Woolf, PhD, RDN, FACSM. Dr. Woolf is an associate professor and director of the nutrition PhD program at New York University; and previously an associate professor in the Health Sciences department at Arizona State University.
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Measures of Adiposity
Mean weight, BMI, waist circumference and waist-to-height decreased significantly between the initial and final assessments for those completing the LifeSteps® program.
|Mean Weight||98.2 ± 23.3 kg||95.0 ± 23.0 kg, p<0.001|
|BMI||35.7 ± 7.5 kg/m2||34.5 ± 7.5 kg/m2, p<0.001|
|Waist Circumference||108.8 ± 15.3 cm||104.7 ± 15.1 cm, p<0.001|
|Waist-to-height ratio||0.66 ± 0.09||.63.0 ± .09 , p<0.001|
Measures of Self-Efficacy
Participants reported greater self-efficacy for weight management and physical activity upon completion of the program and self-efficacy was positively associated with percent weight-change.
|Self-Efficacy||Initial Score||Final Score|
|For Weight Management||12.9 ± 3.1||14.0 ± 3.1, p<0.001|
|For Physical Activity||13.5 ± 3.3||14.1 ± 3.4, p<0.001|
Lifestyle Behaviors Most Helpful for Weight Loss
After completing LifeSteps®, 754 participants completed the post-assessment questionnaire and identified three behavior strategies most helpful for weight management from a potential list of 15. Responses were analyzed for three groups based on the amount of weight lost. The top five selected overall were ‘keep food records’ (n=480 [63.7%]), ‘measure serving sizes’ (n=303 [40.2%]), ‘do aerobic exercise’ (n=300 [39.8%]), ‘record calories’ (n=297 [39.4%]), and ‘eat a variety of foods’ (n=192 [25.5%]).
Top Three Helpful Lifestyle Changes for Weight Loss
|Helpfulness||< 5 pound weight loss (n=433)||5-10 pound weight loss (n=254)||>10 pound weight loss (n=55)|
|Most Helpful||Keep food records (n=266, 61%)||Keep food records
|Keep food records
|Second-most Helpful||Measure servings
|Do aerobic exercise
|Third-most Helpful||Record calories
|Measure serving sizes
The complete study can be obtained through Topics in Clinical Nutrition website.
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