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Setting targets leads to greater long-term weight losses and ‘unrealistic’ targets increase the effect in a large community-based commercial weight management group

OPEN Journal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Association | 16 Jun 2016

A Avery, SC Langley-Evans, M Harrington and JA Swift
Abstract
Setting personal targets is an important behavioural component in weight management programmes. Normal practice is to encourage ‘realistic’ weight loss, although the underlying evidence base for this is limited and controversial. The present study investigates the effect of number and size of weight-loss targets on long-term weight loss in a large community sample of adults.
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Present, Weight loss, Evidence-based management, Meta-analysis, Force, Group theory, Time
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