for weight loss

Are you overweight
and 18 years or older?

Do you have access to a computer
with an internet connection?

Do you have a smartphone
(Android or iOS [iPhone])?

If you answered yes, then you may be eligible for an exciting new weight loss research program! This research will examine two different approaches to using technology to help people lose weight. The goal is to determine which approach is more useful for enhancing the effectiveness of an established program that has already been proven to help overweight adults lose weight by changing their eating and physical activity habits.

Interested? Then, check out the answers to these frequently asked questions.

1. What is the study about?

The study examines whether a behavioral intervention that has been proven effective in helping adults lose weight by making changes to their eating and physical activity habits can be made even better. Everyone in the study will receive a group-based behavioral weight control program, and everyone will also receive some technology aids to support their behavior change efforts. All study participants will have access to a password-protected study website, receive a physical activity monitoring device, and get a digital body weight scale to assist them with their weight loss efforts. The study examines two different approaches to using the technology.

2. Can I choose which one of the two study programs I get?

No. A computer will assign you to one of the two study programs. However, both programs will deliver identical information and will provide you with technology to support your behavior changes, and both can help you lose weight.

3. How much will it cost me?

This weight loss program is provided at no cost to eligible research participants.

4. How long does the program last?

It lasts for 16 weeks.

5. How often would I have in-person group meetings?

You would have weekly in-person group meetings with other eligible research participants on the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia, SC. Group meetings last approximately 75 minutes.

6. What day and time will the in-person group meetings occur?

The in-person group meetings will take place each week on Monday from 6:00-7:15 p.m. The group meetings will start in February 2016. If you will be unable to attend the in-person group meetings each week for 4 months during this day and time, then unfortunately you will not be eligible for this particular study. However, we can put you on a contact list for different weight management programs that will be starting up soon. If you would like to be added to the contact list, please email Courtney Monroe at

7. What is in it for me?

Regardless of which study group you are assigned to, you will receive a weight control program delivered by experts that may help you make permanent changes in your eating and physical activity so that you can lose weight and keep it off. Previous research has demonstrated that this program is effective in helping people lose weight.

8. Who is sponsoring this program?

This research program is being conducted at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. It is being funded by the University of South Carolina’s Office of the Vice President for Research through one of their Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) grant programs.

9. Am I eligible for this no-cost research weight loss program?

You may be eligible if:

  • You are 18 years or older;
  • You agree to be assigned to either one of the two different groups and can attend all meetings on the designated day and time (Monday 6:00-7:15 pm.);
  • You have access to a computer with an internet connection and are comfortable using the internet;
  • You have a smartphone (Android or iOS [iPhone])
  • You are overweight

Are you interested in seeing if you are eligible for this exciting new program?

If so, click "Apply Now" and complete the short application form. Thank you for your interest in this program!

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