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Self-management strategies for maintaining weight loss Trentadue, Bonnie Lee


The purpose of the present study was to assess the differential effects of two self-monitoring approaches in a weight control clinic. Forty-five female subjects who responded to a newspaper advertisement of the programme were assigned to one of three groups: an appropriate self-monitoring group, an inappropriate self-monitoring group, and a minimal treatment control group. All subjects met in groups of seven or eight for six weeks of treatment and attended two follow-up sessions (one at four-weeks and one at three-months). Several pre-measures including demographic data, initial weight, and scores on two questionnaires were taken (an Eating Situations Questionnaire and Rotter's Externality Questionnaire were collected at the initial session). In addition, all subjects completed the Eating Situations Questionnaire after treatment ended. Subjects' weights were taken at each session. The results of a repeated measures analysis of subjects' raw weights at four time periods revealed no significant differences between the groups. However, the analyses revealed significant weight loss and maintenance of weight loss across all groups. No important predictors of successful weight loss or weight maintenance were found on any of the analyses conducted to explore this issue.

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