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'It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle': a longitudinal, data-prompted interview study of weight loss maintenance.

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  • Additional Information
    • Keyword(s):
      Behaviour maintenance theory; data-prompted interviews; ecological momentary assessment; experience sampling; weight loss maintenance
    • Abstract:
      Objective: To advance understanding of the individual and environmental factors underpinning weight loss maintenance. Design: Semi-structured, data-prompted interviews were conducted with twelve overweight adult participants (three men, nine women) who had lost over 5% of their body weight in the year before baseline. Participants gathered daily data through wireless scales, activity monitors (Fitbit™), ecological momentary assessment and experience sampling (taking photographs, writing notes). They were interviewed at 3- and 6-months post baseline. Interview stimuli included personal data of weight and activity graphs, correlations of psychological factors, and self-generated notes and photographs. Interview data were analysed using the Framework Method, applying pre-specified maintenance-relevant theoretical themes. Results: The theoretical Framework provided a good fit for the narratives, with five main themes underpinning successful weight loss maintenance: sustained motivation, effective self-regulation, plentiful resources, habit formation and a supportive environment. Additionally, participants reported an identity shift from being a dieter to accepting a new healthy lifestyle. Goal prioritising and allowing for occasional controlled lapses enhanced weight loss maintenance. Conclusions: This study successfully used the novel method of data-prompted interviews to explore weight loss maintenance experiences with new explanations emerging from the data. Future research should further develop behaviour change maintenance theory and data-prompted interview method. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR
    • Author Affiliations:
      1 School of Psychology, Curtin University, Perth, Australia; 2 SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wroclaw, Poland; 3 Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Fuse, UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, Newcastle, UK; 4 Faculty of Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada; 5 UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) and MRC Epidemiology Unit, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
    • ISSN:
      08870446
    • Publication Type:
      Publication Type: Article Update Code: 20190703
    • Accession Number:
      137269954
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      KWASNICKA, D. et al. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”: a longitudinal, data-prompted interview study of weight loss maintenance. Psychology & Health, [s. l.], v. 34, n. 8, p. 963–982, 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=s3h&AN=137269954. Acesso em: 28 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Kwasnicka D, Dombrowski SU, White M, Sniehotta FF. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”: a longitudinal, data-prompted interview study of weight loss maintenance. Psychology & Health. 2019;34(8):963-982. Accessed September 28, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=s3h&AN=137269954
    • APA:
      Kwasnicka, D., Dombrowski, S. U., White, M., & Sniehotta, F. F. (2019). “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”: a longitudinal, data-prompted interview study of weight loss maintenance. Psychology & Health, 34(8), 963–982.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Kwasnicka, Dominika, Stephan U. Dombrowski, Martin White, and Falko F. Sniehotta. 2019. “‘It’s Not a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle’: A Longitudinal, Data-Prompted Interview Study of Weight Loss Maintenance.” Psychology & Health 34 (8): 963–82. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=s3h&AN=137269954.
    • Harvard:
      Kwasnicka, D. et al. (2019) ‘“It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”: a longitudinal, data-prompted interview study of weight loss maintenance’, Psychology & Health, 34(8), pp. 963–982. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=s3h&AN=137269954 (Accessed: 28 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Kwasnicka, D, Dombrowski, SU, White, M & Sniehotta, FF 2019, ‘“It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”: a longitudinal, data-prompted interview study of weight loss maintenance’, Psychology & Health, vol. 34, no. 8, pp. 963–982, viewed 28 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Kwasnicka, Dominika, et al. “‘It’s Not a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle’: A Longitudinal, Data-Prompted Interview Study of Weight Loss Maintenance.” Psychology & Health, vol. 34, no. 8, Aug. 2019, pp. 963–982. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=s3h&AN=137269954.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Kwasnicka, Dominika, Stephan U. Dombrowski, Martin White, and Falko F. Sniehotta. “‘It’s Not a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle’: A Longitudinal, Data-Prompted Interview Study of Weight Loss Maintenance.” Psychology & Health 34, no. 8 (August 2019): 963–82. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=s3h&AN=137269954.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Kwasnicka D, Dombrowski SU, White M, Sniehotta FF. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”: a longitudinal, data-prompted interview study of weight loss maintenance. Psychology & Health [Internet]. 2019 Aug [cited 2020 Sep 28];34(8):963–82. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=s3h&AN=137269954