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Nutr Hosp. 2015 Jun 1;31(6):2392-9. doi: 10.3305/nh.2015.31.6.8736.

A strategy for weight loss based on healthy dietary habits and control of emotional response to food.

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1
Department of Nutrition I. School of Pharmacy. University Complutense of Madrid.. igonic@ucm.es.
2
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health. School of Pharmacy. University San Pablo, CEU (Madrid), Spain.. igonic@ucm.es.
3
Department of Nutrition I. School of Pharmacy. University Complutense of Madrid.. aherna08@ucm.es.

Abstract

in English, Spanish

INTRODUCTION:

A sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits are major causes of a negative energy balance and excess body weight. The lifestyle of the Mediterranean diet eating pattern significantly reduces risk factors for non communicable diseases. Moreover, emotions have a powerful effect on feeding behavior. There is a direct relationship between food choices (type and amount), emotions and increased energy intake.

OBJECTIVE:

To know the emotional behavior of individuals as a function of the relation between food intake and emotions to facilitate the establishment of personalized dietary guidelines based on healthy eating habits and increase the patient fidelity until the desired weight.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

99 overweight adult people (81 women and 18 men) were subjected to a weight-reduction program based on the establishment of lifestyle and healthy eating habits. The adherence to Mediterranean dietary pattern and the effect of emotions on the choice of food and eating habits were determined using Mediterranean Diet Adherence Screener (MEDAS) and Emotional- Eater Questionnaire (EEQ) respectively.

RESULTS:

The studied population was sedentary, consumed an unhealthy diet and eating behavior was highly affected by emotions. The majority of participants, (66% of women and 71% of men) were classified as emotional eater. During the treatment program eating habits and lifestyle subjects were modified and reduced at least 10% of their body weight.

CONCLUSION:

Know the relation between food intake and emotions allows to personalize the dietary strategy for weight loss in overweight and obesity.

PMID:
26040343
DOI:
10.3305/nh.2015.31.6.8736
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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