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Weight Management and Obesity by Courtney Winston Paolicelli

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Chapter 9

Weight Loss Intervention: Behavior Modification

Dietary intake is a deeply engrained and extremely complex human behavior. As such, modifying this behavior can be challenging, and it may take several months (or even years) to establish new dietary habits. In this chapter, strategies for modifying dietary behaviors will be explored and examples for using these strategies will be discussed.

Self-Monitoring

There is strong evidence supporting the role of self-monitoring in modifying and improving dietary behaviors among adult (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2014) and pediatric (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2007, 11) patients who are trying to lose weight. Self-monitoring activities include having a patient document everything ...

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