According to Professor Luley from the Magdeburg University Clinic, adults whose weight loss programs were remotely controlled lost almost 3 times more weight than others. This conclusion was based on a research conducted by him over a 3 month period. This was presented at the annual conference of the German Society for Obesity held from October 18-20, 2007.

Highlights of the research
a. Researchers studied 71 families who were advised on one of two different diets.
b. Out of these, 20 families had a remote monitoring system that contained an activity sensor, scale and base station for three months.
c. The system sent the patients' measurements to Professor Luley to enable him to send weekly feedback to each person.
d. There was a special sensor to record and evaluate everyday activities.
e. The subjects were able to keep track of their daily calorie intake.
f. It was seen that adults who were remotely monitored lost almost 3 times more weight after three months than a control group of adults who were not monitored.
g. Children who were monitored lost as much weight as those in the control group gained.
h. It was concluded that the deciding factors in the monitored group's success were the ability of the participants to view their daily results and the fact that somebody was keeping track of their activity and weight level.
i. It was also seen that of the two different diets, a new diet called the "Magdeburg dual diet" was superior to the other.