Abstract

Based on positive deviance (examining the practices of successful individuals), we identified five primary themes from 36 strategies that help to maintain long-term weight loss (weight control) in 61 people. We conducted in-depth interviews to determine what successful individuals did and/or thought about regularly to control their weight. The themes included weight-control practices related to (a) nutrition: increase water, fruit, and vegetable intake, and consistent meal timing and content; (b) physical activity: follow and track an exercise routine at least 3x/week; (c) restraint: practice restraint by limiting and/or avoiding unhealthy foods; (d) self-monitor: plan meals, and track calories/weight progress; and (e) motivation: participate in motivational programs and cognitive processes that affect weight-control behavior. Using the extensive data involving both the practices and practice implementation, we used positive deviance to create a comprehensive list of practices to develop interventions for individuals to control their weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-579
Number of pages17
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

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Weights and Measures
Meals
Behavior Control
Vegetables
Weight Loss
Fruit
Interviews
Food
Water

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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