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Table 2 Psychological program

From: The effects of exercise training in a weight loss lifestyle intervention on asthma control, quality of life and psychosocial symptoms in adult obese asthmatics: protocol of a randomized controlled trial

No. session Activities
1 Presentation of the participants
Explanation of the psychological program
Assessment of patients’ expectations regarding weight loss
2 Breathing relaxation techniques to control anxiety
Experiences concerning weight loss (successes and relapses)
Identification of the reasons for and the onset of obesity in each patient
3 Emotional versus physiological hunger (learning to listen to the body)
Feeding behaviour and pleasure from food
The identification of personal barriers to weight loss and potential solutions to overcoming these barriers
4 Self-efficacy (dynamic group using drawings)
A review of self-monitoring records and progress
Realistic goal setting and action plans
5 Dynamic group called “time for self-care”
Responsibility regarding food choices
How to deal with relapses during the program
6 Dynamic group activities using the mirror to increase each patient’s morale
A review of self-monitoring records and progress
Finalization of the program
  1. No. number of session. The psychological program will be completed every 15 days over 3 months for a total of 6 sessions of 60 min each