A mixed-methods investigation of psychological factors relevant to weight maintenance

Amanda Ellen Dibb-Smith, Emily Brindal, Janine Chapman, Manny J. Noakes

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This study investigated perceptions of and engagement with the concepts of planning and problem-solving, within a weight management sample. A total of 53 participants (62% female, 20–74 years old) completed a semi-structured interview and quantitative measures after a 16-week weight maintenance period. Preliminary weight maintainers (who had maintained losses of, at least 10% of their original weight) were compared with heavier-than-baseline participants (who had re-gained more weight than was originally lost). The maintainers exhibited stronger problem-solving skills (p <.05). The heavier-than-baseline participants tended towards non-rational problem-solving styles. Qualitatively, the maintainers described more planning events and were more accepting of mistakes than the heavier-than-baseline participants. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-452
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • dichotomous thinking
  • planning
  • problem-solving skills
  • weight maintenance
  • weight re-gain


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