Multiple-goal management: an examination of simultaneous pursuit of a weight-loss goal with another goal

J Health Psychol. 2014 Sep;19(9):1163-73. doi: 10.1177/1359105313485484. Epub 2013 May 16.


This study investigated the characteristics contributing to successful goal attainment of a weight-loss and a non-weight-loss goal simultaneously. Weight-loss and non-weight-loss goals, self-efficacy, persistence, temptations, intergoal interference and facilitation were measured via an online questionnaire (N=103, Mage=25.36±6.9, 80% women). Weight-loss self-efficacy, persistence, temptations and intergoal facilitation significantly predicted weight-loss goal attainment. Those who were more successful in attaining both their goals simultaneously had higher self-efficacy and persistence and experienced less temptation towards both goals. This study provides an insight into the characteristics necessary for successful simultaneous management of a weight-loss goal with another goal.

Keywords: control; health psychology; obesity; overweight; self-efficacy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Executive Function / physiology*
  • Female
  • Goals*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Weight Loss / physiology*
  • Young Adult