No more gilding the pill. To improve self-control, study recommends looking at diet the way it is: difficult. Realistic picture of weight loss challenges can lead to greater long-term results.
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To encourage people to follow a diet is to say “yes you can”?
Apparently masking reality doesn't help.
So says a study by Drexel University (United States).
It found that telling people that weight loss is really difficult motivates them to lose more weight.
But there is a catch.
The strategy did not lead participants to achieve the original goal: to modify or replace many of the unhealthy foods in their homes.
The study reveals conflicting implications.
"On the one hand, giving overweight people a realistic sense of their dilemma can promote cognitive restraint on their eating in the short term."
The explanation is from one of the authors, Dr. Michael Lowe.
Among the powerful forces they face are a genetic predisposition toward obesity.
And a greater susceptibility to succumbing to the appeal of temptation.
The study aimed to determine the effectiveness of three weight loss interventions.
These were behavioral therapy, dietary behavioral therapy, and training to make advantageous exchanges.
For this a test was made with 262 individuals, all overweight and obese.
The group was divided into three, which was assigned one of three methods.
The effort was followed over three years.
The behavioral therapy used involved goal setting, regular weighing, exercise and dietary follow-up.
The diet replaces breakfast and lunch with calorie-controlled shakes or nutrition bars.
Already the third strategy registered better results.
Training to make advantageous exchanges consisted of assigning tasks to participants.
They had to identify and make changes to specific foods.
And they were exposed to a speech about the difficulties of maintaining weight loss.
As a result, this group lost more weight than those who did behavioral therapy.
And in responding to the difficulties presented, he increased his vigilance over his diet.
The study was published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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