The effect of a mindful restaurant eating intervention on weight management in women

J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012 Jan-Feb;44(1):22-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2011.03.143.


Objective: To evaluate the effect of a Mindful Restaurant Eating intervention on weight management.

Design: Randomized control trial.

Setting: Greater metropolitan area of Austin, Texas.

Participants: Women (n = 35) 40-59 years old who eat out at least 3 times per week.

Intervention: The intervention, using 6 weekly 2-hour, small group sessions, focused on reducing calorie and fat intake when eating out through education, behavior change strategies, and mindful eating meditations.

Main outcome measures: Weight, waist circumference, self-reported daily calorie and fat intake, self-reported calories and fat consumed when eating out, emotional eating, diet related self-efficacy, and barriers to weight management when eating out.

Analysis: General linear models examined change from baseline to final endpoint to determine differences in outcomes between the intervention and control group.

Results: Participants in the intervention group lost significantly more weight (P =.03), had lower average daily caloric (P = .002) and fat intake (P = .001), had increased diet-related self-efficacy (P = .02), and had fewer barriers to weight management when eating out (P = .001).

Conclusions and implications: Mindful Restaurant Eating intervention was effective in promoting weight management in perimenopausal women.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Energy Intake
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Overweight / prevention & control
  • Overweight / therapy*
  • Restaurants*
  • Texas
  • Waist Circumference
  • Weight Gain