Ultra-brief non-expert-delivered defusion and acceptance exercises for food cravings: A partial replication study
Hulbert-Williams, Nicholas J.
Hochard, Kevin D.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; University of Wolverhampton; University of Warwick
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AbstractFood cravings are a common barrier to losing weight. This paper presents a randomised comparison of non-expert group-delivered ultra-brief defusion and acceptance interventions against a distraction control. Sixty-three participants were asked to carry a bag of chocolates for a week whilst trying to resist the temptation to eat them. A behavioural rebound measure was administered. Each intervention out-performed control in respect of consumption, but not cravings. These techniques may have a place in the clinical management of food cravings. We provide tentative evidence that the mechanism of action is through decreased reactivity to cravings, not through reduced frequency of cravings.
CitationHulbert-Williams L., Hulbert-Williams N. J., Nicholls W., Williamson S., Poonia J., & Hochard K. D. (2019). Ultra-brief non-expert-delivered defusion and acceptance exercises for food cravings: A partial replication study. Journal of Health Psychology, 24(12), 1698-1709. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105317695424
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
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