Can Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Improve Adherence to Eating and Weight Loss Goals?
Jena Shaw Tronieri, PhD
Despite the availability of numerous weight loss diets and strategies, long term program adherence is quite difficult and most individuals drop out long before their weight loss goals are achieved. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment that assists individuals in changing their behavior in spite of the presence of conflicting and difficult emotions, urges and thoughts. Although this treatment modality shows promise, most practitioners lack the knowledge or training to incorporate ACT techniques and strategies in weight control counseling and treatment. This webinar will introduce the ACT treatment model and review recent evidence suggesting that ACT strategies may improve behavioral weight loss adherence and outcomes. Attendees will be guided through examples of how to effectively apply ACT treatment techniques in treating patients and clients who are struggling to make changes to their eating and exercise habits. Participants will gain a better understanding of the potential use of ACT as a complement to traditional dietary and lifestyle weight loss treatment methods.