Background

Significant health benefits have been associated with a reduction of 1-2% of initial body weight that is maintained over the course of 12 months. Ideally, the use of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team including primary care providers and health coaches has been shown to b effective at increasing patient and provider engagement. Health coaching can be beneficial for significant weight loss; however, data is limited in the application of remote coaches within a primary care setting. The objective of this study was to determine total body weight loss and percent weight loss of patients undergoing a technology-assisted medically monitored weight management program.

Methods

Thirty-eight obese participants (Age 57.3 +/- 17.8 yrs, BMI = 34.6 +/- 8.3, 17 males, 21 females) were recruited from a primary care setting via inHealth Medical Service, Inc (Los Angeles, CA) to undergo virtual health coaching for 12 months. All participants received feedback regarding their nutrition, physical activity, and behavior change by a certified health coach. SPSS v25 was used to conduct a dependent samples t-test for total weight loss. Significance was set to p<0.05.

Results

Participants lost an average of 8.2 +/- 9.8 kgs over 12 months, (pre 107.5 +/- 28.1 vs post-99.1 +/- 25.5 kgs p<0.001) with a percent total weight loss of 6.5+/-0.1 % at the end of 12-months.

Conclusions

Results indicate that a virtual health coaching within a primary care setting is a successful medium for reducing significant body weight and percentage of total weight loss.