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Research Article

Mediation of Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance through Dietary Disinhibition and Restraint

Meghan M. JaKa1*, Nancy E. Sherwood1, Shirley W. Flatt2, Carly R. Pacanowski3, Bilgé Pakiz2, Cynthia A. Thomson4 and Cheryl L. Rock2
1HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research,8170 33rd Ave S, Mailstop 21111R, PO Box 1524, Bloomington, MN 55440-1524, USA
2Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California-San Diego, 3855 Health Sciences Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0901, USA
3Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, 1300 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN55415, USA
4Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1250 E. Martin Street, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Corresponding Author : Meghan M JaKa, M.S.
Health Partners Institute for Education and Research
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55440-1524, USA
Tel: 9202772318
Email: [email protected]
Received February 16, 2015; Accepted March 14, 2015; Published March 30, 2015
Citation: JaKa MM, Sherwood NE, Flatt SW, Pacanowski CR, Pakiz B, et al. (2015) Mediation of Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance through Dietary Disinhibition and Restraint. J Obes Weight Loss Ther 5:253. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000253
Copyright: © 2015 JaKa MM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Understanding the degree to which eating behaviors, such as disinhibition and restraint, are associated with weight loss and weight loss maintenance could contribute to further refinement of effective weight management intervention strategies. The purpose of this analysis was to examine if these factors mediate weight loss or weight loss maintenance using data from a randomized controlled trial testing a commercial weight loss program that delivered behavioral counseling and structured meal plans including prepackaged foods. Mediation analyses were used to examine whether changes in disinhibition and restraint mediated the relationship between intervention and weight change during initial weight loss (0-6 months), continued weight loss (6-12 months), or weight loss maintenance (12-24 months) phases. Only decreases in disinhibition between baseline and 6 months mediated the intervention effect on initial weight loss. Our results suggest the mediation effects of these eating behaviors are modest and other factors contribute to a larger, more complex long-term weight loss prognosis.