Older women who are overweight are more likely to have low self-efficacy--an opinion of themselves that they will give up quickly when they try to improve their health.
So they avoid even starting.
And remain overweight.
These are the results of a new study on women age 51 to 66 who were surveyed about their exercise and diet habits.
While most of the overweight women expressed a desire for greater health, they did not have enough effective strategies to use.
Previous failures increased their self-belief in failure, leading to less self-efficacy, leading to fewer attempts to improve their health, leading to more failure--a negative spiral downwards.
After this self esteem and weight management study, the researchers recommended more training in diet and exercise skills, using role models, and group encouragement (Anderson R, Queensland University of Technology, May 2008).
Adding healthy lifestyle changes like increased exercise, improved diet, reducing calories, stopping smoking, and drinking green tea daily, if appropriate, require a lifetime commitment to be successful.
And remember, you can if you believe you can.
Start by learning more 24/7 weight loss strategies, consulting your health care provider, and getting support with a comprehensive program.
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This page last updated by Sharon Jones
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