Consumption after a diet violation: disinhibition or compensation?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Previous research, restricted to the laboratory, has found that restrained eaters overeat after they violate their diet. However, there has been no evidence showing that this same process occurs outside the lab. We hypothesized that outside of this artificial setting, restrained eaters would be able to control their eating. In Study 1, 127 participants reported hourly on their diet violations and eating over 2 days. In Study 2, 89 participants tracked their intake for 8 days, and 50 of these participants consumed a milk shake (a diet violation) on Day 7, as part of an ostensibly unrelated study. As hypothesized, dieters did not overeat following violations of their diet in either study. These findings are in contrast with those of previous lab studies and dispel the widely held belief that diet violations lead to overeating in everyday life.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tomiyama, AJ; Moskovich, A; Haltom, KB; Ju, T; Mann, T

Published Date

  • October 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1275 - 1281

PubMed ID

  • 19732383

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2761536

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-9280

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02436.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States