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Behavioral and Psychological Factors Affecting Weight Loss Success

Pigsborg, Kristina; Kalea, Anastasia Z; De Dominicis, Stefano; Magkos, Faidon; (2023) Behavioral and Psychological Factors Affecting Weight Loss Success. Current Obesity Reports , 12 (3) pp. 223-230. 10.1007/s13679-023-00511-6. Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: There is a large variability between individuals in the weight loss response to any given diet treatment, which fuels interest into personalized or precision nutrition. Although most efforts are directed toward identifying biological or metabolic factors, several behavioral and psychological factors can also be responsible for some of this interindividual variability. // Recent Findings: There are many factors that can influence the response to dietary weight loss interventions, including factors related to eating behavior (emotional eating, disinhibition, restraint, perceived stress), behaviors and societal norms related to age and sex, psychological and personal factors (motivation, self-efficacy, locus of control, self-concept), and major life events. // Summary: The success of a weight loss intervention can be influenced by many psychological and behavioral constructs and not merely by physiological factors such as biology and genetics. These factors are difficult to capture accurately and are often overlooked. Future weight loss studies should consider assessing such factors to better understand the underlying reasons for the large interindividual variability to weight loss therapy.

Type: Article
Title: Behavioral and Psychological Factors Affecting Weight Loss Success
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s13679-023-00511-6
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-023-00511-6
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Obesity; Weight management; Behavioral factors; Psychological factors; Weight loss
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10176945
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