Changes in Body Composition in Older Adults after a Technology-Based Weight Loss Intervention

John A. Batsis, D. Shirazi, C. L. Petersen, M. N. Roderka, D. Lynch, D. Jimenez, S. B. Cook

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We conducted a post-hoc analysis of a pre/post, single-arm, nonrandomized, multicomponent weight loss intervention in older adults. Fifty-three older adults aged ≥65 with a body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2 were recruited to participate in a six-month, remote monitoring and video-conferencing delivered, prescriptive intervention consisting of individual and group-led registered dietitian nutrition and physical therapy sessions. We assessed weight, height, and body composition using a SECA 514 bioelectrical impedance analyzer. Mean age was 72.9±3.9 years (70% female) and all had ≥2 chronic conditions. Of those with complete data (n=30), we observed a 4.6±3.5kg loss in weight, 6.1±14.3kg (1.9%) loss in fat mass, and 0.78±1.69L loss in visceral fat (all p<0.05). Fat-free mass (−3.4kg±6.8, p=0.19), appendicular lean mass (−0.25±1.83, p=0.22), and grip strength (+3.46±7.89, p=0.56) did not significantly change. These variables were preserved after stratifying by 5% weight loss. Our intervention led to significant body and visceral fat loss while maintaining fat-free and appendicular lean muscle mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalThe Journal of frailty &amp; aging
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Weight
  • body composition
  • muscle mass
  • telehealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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