High trait self-control predicts positive health behaviors and success in weight loss

Academic Article


  • Surprisingly few studies have explored the intuitive connection between self-control and weight loss. We tracked participants' diet, exercise and weight loss during a 12-week weight loss program. Participants higher in self-control weighed less and reported exercising more than their lower self-control counterparts at baseline. Independent of baseline differences, individuals high in dispositional self-control ate fewer calories overall and fewer calories from fat, burned marginally more calories through exercise, and lost more weight during the program than did those lower in self-control. These data suggest that trait self-control is, indeed, an important predictor of health behaviors. © The Author(s) 2011.
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  • Will Crescioni A; Ehrlinger J; Alquist JL; Conlon KE; Baumeister RF; Schatschneider C; Dutton GR
  • Start Page

  • 750
  • End Page

  • 759
  • Volume

  • 16
  • Issue

  • 5