Exploratory randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention for women” is based on the research done by Katy Tapper, Christine Shaw, Joanne Ilsley, Andrew J. Hill, Frank W. Bond, Laurence Moore. This is its abstract, full text is available on http://www.thehappinesstrap.com/upimages/Tapper_2009_ACT_Weight_loss.pdf

To explore the efficacy of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention for women. Sixty-two women (ages 19–64; BMI 22.5–52.1) who were attempting to lose weight were randomised to an intervention or control condition. The former were invited to attend four 2-h workshops, the latter were asked to continue with their normal diets. Data were collected at baseline, 4 and 6months. BMI, physical activity, mental health. At 6 months intervention participants showed significantly greater increases in physical activity compared to controls (p < .05) but no significant differences in weight loss or mental health. However, when intervention participants who reported ‘never’ applying the workshop principles at 6 months (n = 7) were excluded, results showed both significantly greater increases in physical activity (3.1 sessions per week relative to controls, p < .05) and significantly greater reductions in BMI (0.96 relative to controls, equivalent to 2.32 kg, p < 0.5). Reductions in BMI were mediated primarily by reductions in binge eating. Despite its brevity, the intervention was successful at bringing about change. Further refinements should increase its efficacy.

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