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Table 3 Self-monitoring behaviors (dietary and body weighing) done on most days of the week among successful and unsuccessful weight losers – Styles Survey, 2004

From: Dietary and physical activity behaviors among adults successful at weight loss maintenance

   Successful Unsuccessful  
   (n = 543) (n = 1,415) χ2
Behavior: n % (se)a % (se)a p-value
Monitor amount of food on plate 1,169 63.22 (2.70) 56.80 (1.57) 0.039
Plan meals 559 35.90 (2.61) 24.88 (1.35) 0.000*
Track carbohydrates 293 18.40 (1.94) 13.51 (1.05) 0.026
Track calories 226 17.73 (1.99) 8.84 (0.80) <0.001*
Track fat 181 16.40 (1.97) 6.57 (0.73) <0.001*
Measure food on plate 187 15.89 (1.89) 6.73 (0.76) <0.001*
Not specified 399 14.06 (2.27) 24.61 (1.44) 0.001*
Weigh oneself (frequency)       
   Daily 270 20.30 (2.03) 11.00 (0.91)  
   Less often 1,674 79.70 (2.03) 89.00 (0.91) <0.001
  1. a Standard error.
  2. *Significant difference between successful and unsuccessful (p < 0.01).
  3. The item about the frequency of weighing oneself was asked in a separate question.