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Major factors for facilitating change in behavioral strategies to reduce obesity

Authors Dalle Grave R, Centis E, Marzocchi R, El Ghoch M, Marchesini G

Received 18 July 2013

Accepted for publication 24 August 2013

Published 3 October 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 101—110

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S40460

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Riccardo Dalle Grave,1 Elena Centis,2 Rebecca Marzocchi,2 Marwan El Ghoch,1 Giulio Marchesini2

1Department of Eating and Weight Disorders, Villa Garda Hospital, Garda VR, 2Unit of Metabolic Diseases and Clinical Dietetics, Alma Mater Studiorum University, Bologna, Italy

Abstract: It is very unlikely that our obesity-promoting environment will change in the near future. It is therefore mandatory to improve our knowledge of the main factors associated with successful adoption of obesity-reducing behaviors. This may help design more powerful procedures and strategies to facilitate the adoption of healthy lifestyles in a "toxic" environment favoring the development of a positive energy balance. The aim of this review is to describe the main factors associated with successful adoption of obesity-reducing behaviors and to describe the most recent development, limits, and outcomes of lifestyle modification programs. The evidence regarding predictors of weight loss and weight loss maintenance remains largely incomplete. It is necessary to develop strategies matching treatments to patients' needs to improve successful weight loss and its maintenance. How to detect and how to address these needs is a continuous, challenging, research problem.

Keywords: weight loss, physical activity, food intake, motivational interviewing, behavioral therapy

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