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Completed research project

Title / Titel Bringing and keeping your weight down: The role of goal focus for engaging and maintaining a weight-loss program
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Summary / Zusammenfassung This project investigates the role of goal focus for success in dieting. We propose that focusing on the outcome of dieting (weight loss and figure) is adaptive for younger adults whereas older adults benefit from focusing on the process of dieting (the preparation and consumption of food). A total of N = 135 young, middle-aged and old women are invited to take part in a weight-loss program. Goal focus will be induced using a diary method that simultaneously allows for assessing dieting behaviors. Success in dieting is assessed longitudinally over 3 months in terms of maintenance of diet and actual weight loss.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe goal focus, motivation, dieting, lifespan development, health behavior, behavior change
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dipl.-Psych. Marie Hennecke (Project Leader)
Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund
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Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Stiftung Suzanne und Hans Biäsch für Angewandte Psychologie
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Sep 2007 to Mar 2008