Using Science to Target Weight Loss with a Personalized Approach

You decide it’s time to get healthier and lose weight. You’re done with quick-fix diets and ready to change your lifestyle for the better.

But Where Do You Start? How Do You Know Which Lifestyle-Based Strategies Will Be Most Helpful To You?

Helping individuals focus on the issues personal to them and their weight struggles has been my life work.

And now I have developed a short quiz and program in my new book, Six Factors to Fit: Weight Loss that Works for You!, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to help people target their personal habits and lifestyle struggles that have prevented them from achieving successful weight loss.

The Research

I have always advocated using a personalized approach to helping people lose weight.

That’s because I know from my almost 40 years of practicing as a weight management expert that each person is different and the best results occur when a program is tailor-made for each individual.

Toward that end, back in 2004, I developed a lifestyle habits quiz that was posted online and taken by more than 740,000 people from 200 different countries.

This treasure trove of information, which represented a diverse group of people from multiple cultures, communities, and lifestyles, allowed me to reorganize the approach.

Using this data, I teamed up with a biostatistician to use a scientific method called factor analysis which allowed me to take a deeper dive into the quiz responses. I was able to shorten the quiz from 66 to 27 items and simplify the lifestyle habits from 21 down to the current 6 factors.

This new Six Factor Quiz was also independently validated with another group of individuals who completed it online as part of a prospective research study.

After the entire process was subjected to peer review, my article ‘Development of a Six-Factor Questionnaire for Use in Weight Management Counseling’ was published in 2016 in the journal Patient Education and Counseling.

This validation of the re­search methods and Six Factor Quiz confirmed the basis for my new approach.

How Can This Help You?

You can have confidence that the Six Factor Quiz is scientifically based and when paired with the evidence-based strategies in Six Factors to Fit, you will get the targeted help you need to tackle your weight.

This novel approach to weight management begins with YOU- your lifestyle, your habits, your mindset.

For more information, visit my website at where you can take the Six Factor Quiz and get your personalized results.

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