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Table 1 Inclusion and exclusion criteria for the SHED-IT community trial

From: The SHED-IT community trial study protocol: a randomised controlled trial of weight loss programs for overweight and obese men

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
* were male; * had a history of major medical problems such as heart disease or diabetes in the last five years that would prevent them from exercising;
* had a BMI between 25 and 40 (kg/m2); * had orthopaedic or joint problems that would be a barrier to physical activity such as walking;
* agreed to not participate in other weight loss programs during the study; * had recently lost 5% or more of their body weight;
* passed a health-screening questionnaire and a pre-exercise risk assessment [28]; * were taking medications that are affected by weight loss or had resulted in weight gain or loss in the last 3 months;
* were available for assessment sessions; * were currently participating in an alternative weight loss program.
* had access to a computer with e-mail and Internet facilities;  
* owned a mobile phone.