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Greater expecations caused slightly greater weight loss
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People who received standard behavioral therapy lost a similar amount of weight compared to another group of people who received reformulated cognitive behavioral therapy which gave people more realistic expectations of how much weight loss they might lose, and how this might impact their appearance, attractiveness, and self-esteem. Weight loss: 13.6 lbs vs 12.1 lbs
People who completed 20 sessions of standard behavioral therapy lost 13.6 pounds versus 12.1 pounds for people given 10 sessions of standard behavioral therapy plus 10 sessions of reformulated cognitive behavioral therapy.
Weight regain after six months: +5.1 lbs vs +3.3 lbs
Six months later, the standard behavioral therapy group had regained 5.1 pounds compared to 3.3 pounds for those also given reformulated cognitive behavioral therapy.
Weight loss after six months: 8.5 lbs vs 7 lbs
This means that six months after losing weight, those in the standard therapy group had maintained an average weight loss of 8.5 pounds compared to 7 pounds for the reformulated therapy group.
“Collectively, these findings indicate that the [reformulated cognitive behavioral therapy] intervention was effective in changing unrealistic weight-loss expectations, but it did not produce significantly better maintenance of lost weight than did the [standard behavioral therapy] intervention,” the authors concluded.
Ames G, Perri M, Fox L, Fallon E, De Braganza N, Murawski M, Pafumi L, Hausenblas H. Changing weight-loss expectations: a randomized pilot study. Eat Behav. 2005 Jun, 6(3):259-69.
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University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL 32610-0165, United States.
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