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How does behavior modification help you maintain healthy body weight?

How does behavior modification help you maintain healthy body weight?

Rewards appropriate: Behavior modification is an approach to changing behavior through stimuli to act and reinforcement or lack of reinforcement of actions toward the stimuli or situation (s-r-reward). Principles are demonstrated in one of the classic books on weight loss, "slim chance in a fat world". http://www.amazon.com/slim-chance-world-richard-stuart/dp/087822193x/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=utf8&qid=1319243933&sr=1-1. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Behavior Modification (Definition)

Behavior modification, a type of psychotherapy is the use of demonstrated behavior change techniques to increase or decrease the frequency of behaviors, such as altering an individual's behaviors and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement of adaptive behavior and/or the reduction of behavior through its extinction, punishment ...Read more


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How can you reduce weight with healthy diet?

How can you reduce weight with healthy diet?

Count calories: Unfortunately, the only way to reliably lose weight is to count calories and eat less than about 1200 per day (for a female). This target can be changed on based on your weight loss success. If you lose more than 4lb per week then it can be increased to 1400, if less than 2lb per week then reduced to 1000. Myfitnesspal or lose it.Com are good resources. Some people do well on low carb diets also. ...Read more

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What would you suggest to help me lose body fat but maintain (or gain, as long as its healthy) weight?

What would you suggest to help me lose body fat but maintain (or gain, as long as its healthy) weight?

Burn fat grow muscle: Cardiovascular exercise will help you burn fat. This won't inhibit muscle growth unless you are not eating a healthy diet (ie enough protein). You can lift weight as well which will promote muscle growth. You will probably need at least 100grams of protein a day if you are exercising a lot. ...Read more

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How to lose weight and maintain that weight effectively?

How to lose weight and maintain that weight effectively?

Must stay in balance: Our bodies are in a simple state of balance. If we eat more calories than we use, we gain weight. If we eat fewer calories than we use, we lose weight. So, people who stay the same weight eat more than they use on some days, and less than they use on other days . . . But it averages out over time, so that they are eating & using the same number of calories. That's why their weights are maintained. ...Read more

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How much daily physical activity do I need to maintain healthy weight?

How much daily physical activity do I need to maintain healthy weight?

Calories and exercis: Combination of caloric restriction and at least half hour of moderate intensity exercise are needed for optimum effectiveness. ...Read more

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How to lose weight it diet and exercise don't work?

How to lose weight it diet and exercise don't work?

Professional: seek the help of a professional who can review your diet and your exercise plan. They are experts in the field and can help you in your approach. There is too much misinformation on the internet and too many people trying to sell you something. ...Read more

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How much does regular intense physical activity contribute to weight gain? I practice with weights 3-4 times/week and wish to gain weight.

How much does regular intense physical activity contribute to weight gain? I practice with weights 3-4 times/week and wish to gain weight.

To healthy gain: Exercise by itself burns calories. If one's calorie intake stayed the same as when sedentary, one might well lose weight. But with a healthy diet, exercise, especially with weights, converts the food into healthy weight--muscle mass, not fat. It's the best way to go! ...Read more

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What can you do to motivate yourself to lose weight and keep controlling your diet, and stay healthy?

What can you do to motivate yourself to lose weight and keep controlling your diet, and stay healthy?

Motivation: Motivation is different for everyone. Visualize your goal daily, write it down, talk about it to many people. Write down specific goals. Set deadlines. ...Read more

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What individual sports will help my child maintain a healthy lifestyle?

What individual sports will help my child maintain a healthy lifestyle?

See below: Aerobic sports will provide the most physical benefit. But other sports will help reinforce team work, a sense of accomplishment, and foster relationships. Your child should participate in more than one sport that he or she enjoys. ...Read more

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Any good way to stay motivated to lose weight and be healthy?

Any good way to stay motivated to lose weight and be healthy?

Visualize how you: Will feel and look when you are at your healthiest. Also, think about what the issue was that motivated you to to lose weight in the first place. Will feel & look when your’e at your healthiest. Also, think about what the issue was that motivated you to to lose weight in the first place. Insure that calories burned exceed calories consumed. Drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water/day. M. ...Read more

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Is diet or exercise more important for weight loss? Tried everything, won't work - how to lose body fat?

Is diet or exercise more important for weight loss? Tried everything, won't work - how to lose body fat?

Cardio Mix: The best way to lose weight is cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. Exercises such as crunches, planks, sit-ups, etc are good for toning the abdominal muscles, but cardio is best for weight loss. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight.....Foods to keep body healthy without gaining....

How can I lose weight.....Foods to keep body healthy without gaining....

See Dr., and then...: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (little/no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar & simple starch calories. ...Read more

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How to reduce weight without exercise and on good food habits?

How to reduce weight without exercise and on good food habits?

Changing One's Life: The physician's here are surprised by this common question. Why would anyone assume they can change their body without doing what is necessary to lose weight. To lose weight one has to change their life. They have to move more, eat less, eat less sugars, and continue to move more. Do not set yourself up to fail by not getting some form of exercise into your lifestyle. ...Read more

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How to use fear as motivation to improve my health>diet, exercise mainly?

How to use fear as motivation to improve my health>diet, exercise mainly?

Talk openly: Talk openly about failure. Make failure a safe topic to discuss by using yourself as an example. Let your participants know about the time you attended another teacher’s class and went left when everyone else went right. Or tell them how you took a new class at a recent convention and felt like a novice exerciser. Also encourage your participants to share their own fears. Ask them what they think. ...Read more

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How can some guilty pleasures motivate me to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

How can some guilty pleasures motivate me to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Premack Principle: The premack principle states that more probable behaviors will reinforce less probable behaviors. In other words, if you allow yourself a guilty pleasure only after performing a healthful behavior, the healthful behavior will be strengthened. But, it would also be a good idea if your guilty pleasure were not harmful to your health, say for example, dancing to justin bieber. ...Read more

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How do you lose weight the healthy way?

How do you lose weight the healthy way?

Diet & exercise: Make sure you exercise at least 30 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories. ...Read more

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Need tips on how to maintain a balanced, healthy diet?

Need tips on how to maintain a balanced, healthy diet?

Easy: 1. Eat every thing you like 2. While eating, when you realize that you can eat five more bites, stop. Try it, you will like it. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Behavior Therapy (Definition)

Behavior therapy seeks to target the symptoms or behaviors that are troublesome, based upon the principles of behavior modification, rather than attempting ...Read more


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Body Weight (Definition)

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