Science & Technology
Sinque™ technology is deeply rooted in medical and behavioral science
Through technology, Sinque™ enhances weight loss success by addressing both the physiological and psychological challenges associated with behavior change and weight loss. On this page, we explain how this works.
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Explaining natural weight fluctuation
Understanding the natural fluctuation of body weight is key to taking a healthy and informed approach to weight management. Daily fluctuations in weight are a normal aspect of human physiology and can be influenced by various factors, such as hydration, metabolism, and the environment—important for functions like digestion and keeping our cells stable. Other examples are:
Observed weight fluctuations throughout the day can serve as visible indicators of the body's continuous adjustments to internal and external factors. You could do an experiment and record your weight using a scale every 20 minutes for a full day, and see your weight going up and down, before and after meals, using the bathroom, etc.
Understanding weight fluctuations is crucial for successful weight management. It allows individuals to make informed decisions about their lifestyle and set realistic goals and expectations. On the contrary, a lack of understanding can negatively affect one's attempt to manage their weight. This is described in the chapter below.
The frustrations with the ups and downs on the scale
The Stages of Change
The key to weight loss is a lifestyle shift, rooted in daily behavior change. To provide insight into the process of changing behavior, the researchers Prochaska & DiClemente (1983) introduced the Transtheoretical Model.
The model suggests that people move along the following five stages of
change as they attempt to change their lifestyle: precontemplation,
contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. A failed attempt
to move along the stages results in a setback to the first stage.
In weight loss attempts, about 80% of people relapse, going back to
old habits and often gaining more weight than before.
Research shows that relapses during weight loss attempts are often caused by a lack of useful, reinforcing information. As people change behavior, useful information and feedback is crucial to help them stay motivated
and move along to the next stage. In contrast, non-useful or inaccurate information causes people to avoid the information regarding their progress, which often leads to loss of motivation and giving up. This is described as
'The Ostrich Problem' (Chang et al., 2017).
The Ostrich Problem
Earlier, we described that our body weight fluctuates on a daily basis. However, many people are often unaware of this. This lack of understanding often leads to confusion and frustration when tracking their progress using a scale. They might be losing weight, but if they happen to step on the scale on a moment when their weight is high, and the number doesn't align with their expectations, confusion sets in, which often leads to loss of motivation and a relapse.
People tend to completely avoid the information when they experience it as inaccurate or unuseful. They 'stick their head in the ground', like an ostrich, and give up. In the next step, we describe how Sinque™ provides a solution.