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What does behavior modification therapy do for weight loss?

What does behavior modification therapy do for weight loss?

Strengthen behavior: Behavior modification is based in part on these basic principles: if someone receives what is considered a reward after engaging in certain behavior, that behavior will be strengthened or occur more often. If someone receives no reward, that behavior will weaken or occur less often. It is up to you to decide what behavior get what rewards. So make some lists of what works and see my comment below. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Is there any difference between behavior therapy and behavior modification for weight loss?

Is there any difference between behavior therapy and behavior modification for weight loss?

YES: Behavior modification for weight loss is more specific to the goal at hand, i.e. Weight loss. For instance - not eating after 6 pm. Behavior therapy can deal with behavioral problems of more general every day nature. ...Read more

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Is cognitive behavior therapy helpful in weight loss?

Is cognitive behavior therapy helpful in weight loss?

Yes. CBT is helpful: In addressing the emotional and behavioral aspects of weight loss. Sticking to a healthy diet, exercising, and having social support are also important. A good therapist can help you create a plan and follow it. ...Read more

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With alternative treatments or behavior modification for weight loss?

With alternative treatments or behavior modification for weight loss?

Yes: Go to free weight loss, .Com for an excellent article. Eating for most of us is a list of habits developed over time that we need to break. Also put smaller portions on a bigger plate. Count the times you chew your food. Drink water after each bite. Don't buy bad choice foods. Try not to chew gum during the day as it stimulats the juices that signal your brain to make you want to eat! ...Read more

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Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?

Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?

Done right both work: Operant conditioning is a form of behavior modification. Behavior modification is based in part on these basic principles: if someone receives what is considered a reward after engaging in certain behavior, that behavior will be strengthened or occur more often. If someone receives no reward, that behavior will weaken or occur less often. It is up to you to set up what behaviors get what rewards. ...Read more

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Is any difference in the effectiveness of psychotherapy and behavior modification for weight loss?

Is any difference in the effectiveness of psychotherapy and behavior modification for weight loss?

Therapy & wt loss: The question is difficult to answer because behavior modification is part of psychotherapy, not an alternative to it. Effective weight loss involves maintaining normal eating patterns, exercise, social support, realistic weight goals, a focus on health rather than appearance, & good self-esteem. Effective programs are comprehensive, long term & address your specific obstacles to success. ...Read more

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What are good behavior modification techniques for people who want to lose weight?

What are good behavior modification techniques for people who want to lose weight?

Step 1-alter stimuli: Uncontrolled eating can be triggered by seeing something "tasty" on tv, the web, etc. So avoiding those visual stimuli can help. Likewise removing from the house (if possible) calorie-laden foods can limit weight gain from eating when vulnerable (eg, bored, sleepy, hungry from skipping meal). On the flipside, placing bathroom scales next to the refrigerator can help avoid temptation. More 2 come! ...Read more

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I'm sick and tired of my fat body and desperately want to lose weight. Can behavior modification help?

Yes...but: You need a multi-tier approach: dietary changes, behavior modifications, increasing exercise, avoid drugs that can cause weight gain... To lose weight successfully, you need a whole-body approach. ...Read more

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Psycho therapy or behavior modification techniques , which one is more effective for phobias?

Psycho therapy or behavior modification techniques , which one is more effective for phobias?

Both are great: Psychotherapy can involve many forms of treatment including behavior modification. Cognitive-behavioral therapy in particular with exposure therapy is often very effective to treat phobias. See your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you. ...Read more

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What's behavior modification therapy?

What's behavior modification therapy?

Targets specific: Behaviors using well established learning principles such as positive & negative reinforcement, shaping, exposure, extinction and infrequently, punishment. Usually specific behaviors are targeted such as head banging, tantrums, refusal to participate, etc. These principles are often used in weight loss, cigarette cessation, and shyness training programs. Requires lots of expertise to do well! ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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