Want to Lose Weight? Get On Your Computer
When comparing the success and responses of participants in two different weight-loss programs, Indiana University Researchers made an interesting discovery. One of the programs involved traditional health club sessions while the other operated online in 3D virtual environments. Both programs resulted in similar losses to weight and body fat, but the online program also saw the adoption of behaviors to promote a healthier life style. The traditional program, with face-to-face interaction, saw no significant increase in such behaviors. The participants in the online program also reported an increased sense of confidence in their physical abilities.It is worth noting that the online component of the program consisted of seminars to teach the participants, and the actual weight-loss activities would have been away from the keyboard.