Building Exercise Self-Efficacy in Overweight and Obese Clients

Inner IDEA: Use short-term goals, partner games, open-ended questions and positive reinforcement to work through clients’ difficulties.

You know them well—your obese clients who have tried everything: weight-loss meal programs, fat-burner pills, crash diets, gym memberships. Nothing worked for very long. When they turned up at your door, low self-efficacy was all they had to show for their sincere efforts to change.

More than anything, you want to help them turn the corner and adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors they can maintain. But how do you do it?

Self-Efficacy

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