Dietary restraint as a predictor of reported weight loss and affect

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    Abstract

    This study investigated dietary restraint as a predictor of subsequent reported weight loss. Neither chronic dieters nor nondieters reported actually losing weight over a 7-mo. period. With respect to recent weight change, restrained eaters reported both more recent weight loss and more recent weight gain than unrestrained eaters. Further, such weight changes had a much larger influence on their affect. It was concluded that chronic dieting is likely to produce temporary swings in both weight and mood but no permanent change. As such, chronic dieters might best be advised to abandon their dieting attempts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1679-1682
    Number of pages4
    JournalPsychological Reports
    Volume75
    Issue number3 Suppl
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1994

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