The Center specializes in providing evidence-based, compassionate clinical care for individuals seeking to control their weight. It also conducts research and trains physicians in obesity medicine.
Self-determination theory constructs, including perceived autonomy support and autonomous regulation, can predict outcomes in weight control interventions. One study found that these variables mediated pathways from intervention participation to increased exercise and weight loss.
Weight management programmes
Weight management programmes aim to reduce a person’s energy intake and help them be more physically active. They can be accessed through local authorities, community organisations and primary care. They can also be delivered in a variety of settings, including workplaces and health and social care centres.
Participants in the current qualitative systematic review reported being attracted to WMPs that were perceived as novel or exciting in some key way, as well as those that were endorsed by their healthcare providers (a view endorsed by many programme providers themselves). In-person group-based programme activities were also valued, and intensive support from programme providers was thought to be important for facilitating motivation and continuing engagement.
The results of the studies identified and analysed will be compiled into an analytical theme, which will then be coded against levels of the socioecological model to identify barriers and facilitators that seem to impact success within weight loss programmes. These analytical themes will be used to develop theory and a conceptual map of the factors that impact success in WMPs.
Self-control is the ability to inhibit impulsive responses and resist temptation. It is important for maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise. Individuals high in trait self-control are more likely to engage in these behaviors, which can result in a lower body weight over time.
Researchers have also found that people high in self-control tend to have more conscious food choices and lower calorie intakes. Similarly, those with less self-control are more likely to gain weight over time. Self-control can be improved with practice and dedication. Psychologists have found that it can be helped by setting realistic goals, avoiding adversity, and using self-compassion.
Those who are self-controlled have better outcomes in many areas of their lives, including exercise, health, and education. In addition, they are more likely to succeed in their careers, have fewer risky behaviors, and be happier. They are also more likely to have healthy relationships and save money. In addition, they are less likely to have addictions and other problems that can lead to mental and physical illness.