Effective Weight Loss: An Acceptance-Based Behavioral Approach, Workbook

ISBN : 9780190232023

Evan M. Forman; Meghan L. Butryn
246 Pages
216 x 279 mm
Pub date
Aug 2016
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The obesity epidemic is one of the most serious public health threats confronting the nation and the world. The majority of overweight individuals want to lose weight, but the overall success of self-administered diets and commercial weight loss programs is very poor. Scientific findings suggest that the problem boils down to adherence. The dietary and physical activity recommendations that weight loss programs promote are effective; however, people have difficulty initiating and maintaining changes. Effective Weight Loss presents 25 detailed sessions of an empirically supported, cognitive-behavioral treatment package called Acceptance-Based Behavioral Treatment (ABT). The foundation of this approach is comprised of the nutritional, physical activity, and behavioral components of the most successful, gold-standard behavioral weight loss programs. These components are synthesized with acceptance, willingness, behavioral commitment, motivation, and relapse prevention strategies drawn from a range of therapies. ABT is based on the idea that specialized self-control skills are necessary for weight control, given our innate desire to consume delicious foods and to conserve energy by avoiding physical activity. These self-control skills revolve around a willingness to choose behaviors that may be perceived as uncomfortable, for the sake of a more valuable objective. The Clinician Guide is geared towards helping administer treatment, and the companion Workbook provides summaries of session content, exercises, worksheets, handouts, and assignments for patients and clients receiving the treatment. The books will appeal to psychologists, primary care physicians, nutritionists, dieticians, and other clinicians who counsel the overweight.


Introduction: Information about Weight Loss and this Treatment Program
Chapter 1: Session 1: Welcome
Chapter 2: Session 2: Calorie Cutting Keys
Chapter 3: Session 3: Goal Setting, and Weighing and Measuring
Chapter 4: Session 4: Labels, Planning, and Calorie Accounting
Chapter 5: Session 5: Control What You Can, Accept What You Can't
the Home Food Environment
Chapter 6: Session 6: Physical Activity and Willingness (Part 1)
Chapter 7: Session 7: Willingness (Part 2) and Values
Chapter 8: Session 8: Forming Good Habits/Flexibility
Chapter 9: Session 9: Restaurant Eating/Handling Weekends and Special Occasions
Chapter 10: Session 10: Barriers to Living a Valued Life
Chapter 11: Session 11: Friends and Family
Chapter 12: Session 12: Introduction to Defusion and Urge Surfing
Chapter 13: Session 13: Strategies to Help Defuse and Increase Willingness
Chapter 14: Session 14: Review of Dietary Principles, Mindless Eating, and Portion Sizes
Chapter 15: Session 15: Mindful Decision-Making
Chapter 16: Session 16: Transitioning to Bi-Weekly Meetings
Chapter 17: Session 17: Maintaining Losses over the Long Term
Chapter 18: Session 18: Willingness and Reducing Barriers to Physical Activity
Chapter 19: Session 19: Committed Action
Chapter 20: Session 20: Emotional Eating
Chapter 21: Session 21: Lapse vs. Relapse/Reversing Small Weight Gains
Chapter 22: Session 22: Revisiting Commitment/Transition to Monthly/Bi-Monthly Meetings
Chapter 23: Session 23: Maintaining Motivation
Chapter 24: Session 24: Looking Ahead
Chapter 25: Session 25: Celebrating Accomplishments
Appendix A Keeping Track Form
Appendix B In-Session Weight Change Record
Appendix C Home Weight Change Record
Appendix D Weekly Review
Appendix E Worksheets

About the author: 

Evan Forman, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Drexel University and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change. He also serves as Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Society for Clinical Psychology's Committee on Science and Practice and is Past-President of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association. He has been the lead investigator of several National Institute of Health-sponsored trials, including two comparing the effectiveness and processes of traditional cognitive therapy to newer acceptance-based behavior therapies. He also has been funded to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of smartphone and computerized neurocognitive training interventions for weight control.; Meghan Butryn, PhD, is an Associate Research Professor of Psychology at Drexel University and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is designed to understand how behavior therapy for obesity can be modified to improve its long-term effectiveness.

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