Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Health Psychol. 2013 May;18(5):638-47. doi: 10.1177/1359105312454038. Epub 2012 Aug 29.

Ain't no mountain high enough? Setting high weight loss goals predict effort and short-term weight loss.

Author information

  • 1Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. e.devet@uu.nl

Abstract

Although psychological theories outline that it might be beneficial to set more challenging goals, people attempting to lose weight are generally recommended to set modest weight loss goals. The present study explores whether the amount of weight loss individuals strive for is associated with more positive psychological and behavioral outcomes. Hereto, 447 overweight and obese participants trying to lose weight completed two questionnaires with a 2-month interval. Many participants set goals that could be considered unrealistically high. However, higher weight loss goals did not predict dissatisfaction but predicted more effort in the weight loss attempt, as well as more self-reported short-term weight loss when baseline commitment and motivation were controlled for.

PMID:
22933574
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk