Restraint, food choice, and cognitions

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Restrained eaters were hypothesized to prefer high kilocalorie (KCAL) food when given a choice of both high and low KCAL foods after consuming a high KCAL preload. Study 1 found no differences between restrained and unrestrained eaters in food choice in either preload condition. Study 2 found that preloaded subjects preferred lower KCAL foods than subjects in the no preload condition. Both restrained and unrestrained eaters ate less food after consuming a high KCAL preload than after no preload. Preloaded restrained eaters expressed a greater number of control-related thoughts regarding food than any other group; however, these thoughts did not mediate disinhibited eating. Implications for restraint theory are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-281
Number of pages9
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992

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