Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center


The FUEL Program

This study is an 18-month study. All participants will use a 12-month online weight loss program designed to maximize the health benefits of gradual and sustainable weight change, and will complete a follow-up assessment 6 months after the program ends.

Study Type
Weight Loss
Study Purpose
The purpose of this study is to understand more about what factors influence adherence to the recommended dietary guidelines in our online weight loss program, and how those factors may change over time and differ from person to person. We can accomplish this goal by using t by using different technologies to study patterns of behavior (like eating, physical activity, and sleep), personal experiences (like thoughts and emotions), and environmental factors (like location)
Study Design

All participants receive a comprehensive 12 month online behavioral weight loss intervention that involves education about healthy eating and physical activity in order to produce gradual, safe, and sustainable weight loss. The program involves weekly video lessons, regular self-monitoring of weight, food, and activity with feedback, and other resources for healthy eating and exercise that can be accessed at any time. Assessments will take place over a 14-day periods at the start of treatment, 3 -months, 6 -months, 12 -months and 18- months. During the 14 days, participants will be asked to take daily surveys on a smartphone app and also wear two wrist-based devices to monitor sleep, eating behaviors, and activity.

Study Requirements
To be initially eligible for the study, you must be between 18 and 70 years old with overweight or obesity (body mass index between 25 and 50) and a desire to lose weight. To see if you are eligible, please follow this link. For more information on eligibility requirements, please contact Olivia Shenkle at oshenkle@lifespan.org. or by phone at 401-793-8962.
Study Duration
18 Months
Study Benefits
All participants will receive a 12-month internet-based weight loss program that has been proven to help people lose weight previously. Participants in this program may lose weight, eat a healthier diet, increase their physical activity, and see thus corresponding health benefits. Participants will also be compensated for completing assessments.
Study Contact

To find out more information and to see if you are eligible, please follow this link. To find out more about the study, contact Olivia Shenkle at oshenkle@lifespan.org. or by phone at 401-793-8962..





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