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Behavioral Weight Control Treatments

Description of the Strategy
Basic Philosophy of Treatment

Lifestyle behavior modification for obesity is based upon changing eating habits and physical activity to yield negative energy balance, that is, burning more energy than is consumed via eating. During the initial phase of treatment, weight loss occurs at a rate of approximately 1 to 2 pounds (.5 to 1 kg) per week. After this initial phase, the goal of treatment is weight maintenance.

Components of Behavioral Weight Control Interventions

Self-Monitoring. One feature of behavioral weight control interventions is self-monitoring of eating and exercise habits. Self-monitoring involves recording food intake and intentional efforts to increase physical activity. Self-monitoring also involves recording environmental events associated with eating and exercise, for example, place and ...

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