'Mindfulness'-based approach could help you stay slim

October 19, 2016

A weight-loss therapy that focuses on personal values and "mindful" decision-making may help people shed more pounds, a new clinical trial suggests. 


Over one year, people who received the therapy lost more than 13 percent of their initial weight, on average.To put that into perspective, current behavioral therapies typically help people drop 5 percent to 8 percent of their starting weight, the study authors said.


Researchers call the new approach acceptance-based behavioral therapy, or ABT. The study authors said ABT addresses some of the biggest obstacles in keeping extra pounds off -- including the difficulty of resisting temptation.


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