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J Health Psychol. 2011 Jul;16(5):750-9. doi: 10.1177/1359105310390247. Epub 2011 Mar 18.

High trait self-control predicts positive health behaviors and success in weight loss.

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Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA. crescioni@psy.fsu.edu

Abstract

Surprisingly few studies have explored the intuitive connection between self-control and weight loss. We tracked participants' diet, exercise and weight loss during a 12-week weight loss program. Participants higher in self-control weighed less and reported exercising more than their lower self-control counterparts at baseline. Independent of baseline differences, individuals high in dispositional self-control ate fewer calories overall and fewer calories from fat, burned marginally more calories through exercise, and lost more weight during the program than did those lower in self-control. These data suggest that trait self-control is, indeed, an important predictor of health behaviors.

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21421645
PMCID:
PMC4675362
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10.1177/1359105310390247
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