A qualitative investigation of individual experiences and expectations before and after completing a trial of commercial weightloss programmes

Herriott, A., Thomas, D., Hart, K., Warren, J. and Truby, H. (2008) A qualitative investigation of individual experiences and expectations before and after completing a trial of commercial weightloss programmes. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 21 1: 72-80. doi:10.1111/j.1365-277X.2007.00837.x


Author Herriott, A.
Thomas, D.
Hart, K.
Warren, J.
Truby, H.
Title A qualitative investigation of individual experiences and expectations before and after completing a trial of commercial weightloss programmes
Journal name Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0952-3871
1365-277X
Publication date 2008-02
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2007.00837.x
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 72
End page 80
Total pages 9
Editor J. Gandy
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 321205 Nutrition and Dietetics
730215 Nutrition
C1
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To investigate the previous dieting experiences and expectations of individuals enrolled in a randomized trial of four commercial weight loss programmes and post-intervention to compare experiences across the diet groups.

Aim: The purpose of this study was to enhance the understanding of why subjects volunteered to take part in a weight loss trial and also to ascertain their views on each of the diets tested.

Methods: Focus groups containing both men and women were undertaken at baseline prior to randomization, and diet specific focus groups were held post-intervention. All group discussions were recorded and transcribed verbatim and analysed for emerging themes using the long-table approach.

Results: The main intrinsic motivators to enroling in the study were a current lack of self-esteem and confidence. The opportunity to take part in an academic study was also a motivator. Motivation and increasing efficacy were cited commonly among those who had successfully lost (or at least not gained) weight. The ‘pros’ identified for each of the commercial diets tested in the trial were in line with each of the diet’s promotional materials; the ‘cons’ varied between groups.

Conclusion: In this study, reducing health risks was not the main motivator for people deciding to lose weight. Increasing intrinsic sense of worth gained by losing weight and continued motivation appear to be related to success. The differing experiences of people undertaking each of the four diets suggest that matching diet regimen to individual is important.
Keyword commercial slimming diets
dieting
dieting experiences
obesity
qualitative
weight loss
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2008 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Medicine Publications
 
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