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Record number 493526
Title Ain’t no mountain high enough? Setting high weight loss goals predicts effort and short-term weight loss
Author(s) Vet, E. de; Nelissen, R.M.A.; Zeelenberg, M.; Ridder, D.T.D. de
Source Journal of Health Psychology 18 (2013)5. - ISSN 1359-1053 - p. 638 - 647.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105312454038
Department(s) Strategic Communication
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
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.
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