Comparing self-reported energy intake using an online dietary tool with energy expenditure by an activity tracker

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Objective: The aim of this study was to compare self-reported total energy intake (TEI) collected using an online multiple-pass 24-h dietary recall tool (Intake24) with total energy expenditure (TEE) estimated from Fitbit Charge 2-improved algorithms in adults from the NoHoW trial (12-mo weight maintenance after free-living weight loss). Methods: Bland–Altman plots were used to assess the level of agreement between TEI and TEE at baseline and after 12 mo. The ratio of TEI to TEE was also calculated. Results: Data from 1323 participants (71% female) was included in the analysis (mean ± SD: age 45 ± 12 y, body mass index 29.7 ± 5.4 kg/m2, initial weight loss 11.5 ± 6.5 kg). The TEI was lower than TEE on average by 33%, with limits of agreement ranging from –91% to +25%. Men, younger individuals, those with higher body mass index, those with the greater weight loss before enrollment, and those who gained weight during the study underestimated to a greater extent. Conclusions: These findings contribute to the ongoing research examining the validity of technology-based dietary assessment tools.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112258
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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    Research areas

  • 24-h dietary recall tool, Digital dietary assessment tools, Fitbit, Intake24, Wearable technology, Weight loss maintenance

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