Increasing Adherence to Diet and Exercise Through Cognitive Behavioural Strategies

  • Riccardo Dalle Grave
  • Simona Calugi
  • Marwan El Ghoch


In obesity management, behavioural therapy is tailored to provide patients with a set of effective procedures and strategies for improving their long-term adherence to the necessary changes in their eating and exercising habits. Behavioural therapy was originally based exclusively on learning theory (i.e. behaviourism) but later incorporated cognitive strategies and specific recommendations on diet and exercise, giving rise to the multifaceted treatment that we know today as ‘weight loss lifestyle modification’. The evidence suggests that such programmes can now be combined with pharmacotherapy, residential treatment, and/or bariatric surgery to maximize the outcome of major weight loss. Here we provide an overview of weight loss lifestyle modification programmes, describing their principal components, the short- and long-term results that can be expected, and the latest developments in the field.


Bariatric Surgery Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Excess Weight Loss Lifestyle Modification Weight Maintenance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riccardo Dalle Grave
    • 1
  • Simona Calugi
    • 1
  • Marwan El Ghoch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Eating and Weight DisordersVilla Garda HospitalGarda (VR)Italy

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