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Effective Weight Loss


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Acknowledgments 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.


"The science of effective weight loss has long been bogged down, searching for a progressive way forward. Finally, a new evidence-based alternative has emerged that builds on and adds to what we know and that appears to produce better outcomes. Well written and practical, this book opens an arena for treatment providers to explore. Highly recommended." --Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, and Co-developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy "Effective Weight Loss: An Acceptance-based Behavioral Approach, Clinician Guide and Workbook are a superb blending of proven behavioral principles and practices for weight loss with cutting-edge Acceptance and Commitment Therapy principles and practices. This is a welcomed addition to the field of weight loss management."-Robert A. Carels, PhD, MBA, Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, East Carolina University "Obesity is one of the world's most significant public health issues. There is a tremendous need for novel, evidence-based treatments that can help individuals lose weight and maintain those losses over time. As Forman and Butryn have successfully demonstrated, an acceptance-based, behavioral approach to weight loss is a viable alternative to traditional weight loss treatments. This well-written Workbook and Clinician Guide should be on the bookshelves of the entire range of multidisciplinary professionals who work with patients struggling with their weight. It is an outstanding addition to the Treatments ThatWork series."-David B. Sarwer, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Director, Center for Obesity Research and Education, College of Public Health, Temple University

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