Self-strength can be depleted as a result of previous acts of self-control. The depletion of these resources is reflected by decreased effectiveness of controlling other behaviors. The aim of the research was to evaluate the impact of the depletion of self-control resources on the motivational and behavioral aspects of eating self-regulation among obese people. A total of 100 obese people participated in the research. In the experimental group a depletion of self-control resources technique was applied. The impact of the above method on motivational and behavioral aspects of eating self-regulation was verified through participants’ answers to two items on the importance of their goals and through the tested subjects’ propensity for selecting high-calorie foods. Members of the experimental group exposed to the depletion of self-control resources technique had lower motivation to weight reduction measured by their answers to the importance of goals (declarative measure) and were less likely to select dietetic foods than the control subjects (behavioral measure). The experiment confirmed the depletion of resources reduces the beneficial effects of goal implementation. Therefore, individuals with excessive body weight should be aware that the intact resources of self-control constitute the basis for the process of slimming.
Obara-Golebiewska M, Brycz H. Effect of the depletion of self-control strength on the self-regulation of the nutritional process in obese individuals. Balt J Health Phys Act. 2017;9(2):64-72. doi: 10.29359/BJHPA.09.2.06