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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2012, Article ID 274068, 14 pages
Research Article

Psychobehavioural Factors Are More Strongly Associated with Successful Weight Management Than Predetermined Satiety Effect or Other Characteristics of Diet

1Department of Clinical Nutrition, Food and Health Research Centre, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, P.O. Box 1627, 70211 Kuopio, Finland
2VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O. Box 1000, 02044 Espoo, Finland
3Vaasan Oy, P.O. Box 250, 02631 Espoo, Finland
4Department of Medicine, Kuopio University Hospital, P.O. Box 1777, 70211 Kuopio, Finland
5Institute of Biomedicine, Physiology, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, P.O. Box 1627, 70211 Kuopio, Finland
6MAPP, Department of Business Administration, Business and Social Sciences, Århus University, Haslegaardsvej 10, 8210 Århus V, Denmark

Received 8 November 2011; Revised 5 March 2012; Accepted 16 April 2012

Academic Editor: Simone Lemieux

Copyright © 2012 Leila Karhunen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study aimed to investigate factors associated with weight management, especially whether satiety value of food as a part of a weight-maintenance diet would affect self-regulation of food intake and weight management. Altogether 82 obese subjects completed the study consisting of weight-loss and weight-maintenance (WM) periods. During the WM, subjects were randomized into higher- and lower-satiety food groups. No differences were observed in the changes in body weight, energy intake, or eating behaviour between the groups, even despite the different macronutrient compositions of the diets. However, when regarding all study subjects, success in WM was most strongly associated with a greater increase in the flexible control of eating and experience of greater easiness of WM and control of food intake and a greater decrease in uncontrollable eating and psychological distress. Psychobehavioural factors seem to be more strongly associated with successful weight management than the predetermined satiety effect or other characteristics of the diet.