Maintenance following a very-low-calorie diet

W. Stewart Agras, Robert I. Berkowitz, Bruce A. Arnow, Christy F. Teich, Margaret Marnell, Judith Henderson, Yvonne Morris, Denise E. Wilfley

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The authors posed 2 Questions in this randomized study of maintenance procedures in which participants were followed for 15 months after completion of a very-low-calorie diet: Would stimulus narrowing during the reintroduction of solid food, achieved by the use of prepackaged foods, improve weight losses and the maintenance of those losses as compared with the use of regular food? Would reintroduction of foods dependent on progress in losing or maintaining weight be superior to reintroduction on a time- dependent basis? Neither the stimulus narrowing condition nor the reintroduction procedure enhanced either maximum weight loss or maintenance of those losses. The stimulus narrowing condition appeared to be poorly tolerated: compliance and attendance were poorer in this condition than in the regular food condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-613
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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    Agras, W. S., Berkowitz, R. I., Arnow, B. A., Teich, C. F., Marnell, M., Henderson, J., Morris, Y., & Wilfley, D. E. (1996). Maintenance following a very-low-calorie diet. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(3), 610-613.