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.
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