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Increasing Adherence to Diet and Exercise Through Cognitive Behavioural Strategies


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.


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Grave, R.D., Calugi, S., El Ghoch, M. (2015). Increasing Adherence to Diet and Exercise Through Cognitive Behavioural Strategies. In: Lenzi, A., Migliaccio, S., Donini, L. (eds) Multidisciplinary Approach to Obesity. Springer, Cham.

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