Long-term weight loss

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There is little doubt as to the adverse physical effects of being overweight or obese. Obesity increases cardiovascular disease risk factors, type 2 diabetes, and overall mortality. Current approaches to addressing this epidemic have included combined dietary and physical activity approaches and, of late, behavioral strategies to influence the weight loss process such as motivation strategies. However, it appears the more time that elapses between the end of a diet and the follow-up period, the more weight is regained. Although studies have examined factors that contribute to longer-term weight maintenance, they still continue to highlight aspects relating to individual willpower and self-control (e.g., low-energy, low-fat and high carbohydrate diets; high intensity and frequent physical exercise; and self-weighing). It maybe that comprehensive psychological treatment in conjunction with physical and dietary approaches is necessary, essential, and the key to successful weight loss and maintenance, particularly for those individuals who find the self-control behaviors difficult to sustain. Psychological research that combines cognitive strategies with somatic procedures adapted from acupuncture and related systems for altering the cognitive, behavioral, and neurochemical foundations of psychological problems has been showing promise in the weight loss field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Clinical EFT Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationA definitive resource for practitioners, scholars, clinicians, and researchers
EditorsD. Church, S. Marohn
Place of PublicationCalifornia, United States
PublisherEnergy Psychology Press
ISBN (Print)9781604152128
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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