The Effect of an 8-Week Challenge on Weight Loss

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Kelly Helm


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2018


The purpose of this study was to observe the effects of an incentivized 8-week weight loss challenge on weight loss. The question to be answered was “will an 8-week incentivized weight loss challenge have an effect on weight loss?”. Twelve females between the ages of 37 and 56 participated in the challenge. The subjects put in a certain amount of money and recorded their weight each week. The subject that had the most percentage weight loss at 8 weeks won the money. The subjects chose their own methods of weight loss. A paired t-test was used to analyze the pre and post weight. The data analysis indicated there was a statistical significance (p=.009). The average weight loss was 5.92 pounds. The author concludes that an 8-week incentivized weight loss challenge did have an impact on weight loss.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Mackenzie Grossmann is a senior exercise science major with a human biology minor.

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