Kg-free is a manualized acceptance, mindfulness & compassionate-based group intervention for women struggling with their weight developed in CINEICC by Lara Palmeira (PhD student), with the supervision of Professor José Pinto-Gouveia and Professor Marina Cunha. The intervention comprises 10 weekly group sessions plus 2 booster fortnightly sessions of 2h30 hours each, run in small groups (from 10 to 12 participants). The intervention was based upon pre-existent ACT and Mindfulness-based protocols for people with eating and weight issues. Moreover, several exercises were adapted to address specifically weight, body and eating issues.
Kg-free aims to reduce weight self-stigma and unhealthy eating behaviors and promote quality-of-life by targeting weight-related experiential avoidance and self-criticism patterns. The intervention aims to develop emotion regulation skills based on acceptance, mindfulness and self-compassion towards eating and weight difficulties in order to increase participant’s well-being and quality-of-life.
The intervention was designed to be delivered by two clinical psychologists with previous training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Self-compassion. Materials include a therapist’s manual (including all session exercises), as well as, a participants’ manual (including the main session content, examples and exercise sheets). Also, all audio exercises from Kg-Free were recorded and made available for participants.
Results from the RCT showed that the intervention was effective in reducing participants’ weight self-stigma, unhealthy eating behaviors and increase physical exercise and quality-of-life. Moreover, at post-treatment participants from Kg-Free intervention revealed lower levels of experiential avoidance and self-criticism and higher levels of mindfulness and self-compassion abilities.
If you want to have access to a session-by-session overview of the intervention or have any question regarding Kg-Free intervention please contact Lara Palmeira through the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kg-Free Overall Structure
|1||Introduction, group’s rules and Creative hopelessness|
|2||Psycho-education I: Eating and evolution & Mindfulness|
|3||Psycho-education II: The role of emotions & Mindfulness|
|4||My Valued Life & Mindfulness|
|5||Control vs Acceptance and Defusion & Mindfulness|
|6||Wilingness and Distress Tolerance & Mindfulness|
|7||The Evaluations Trap & Mindfulness|
|8||Shame and self-criticism & Mindfulness|
|9||Fostering self-compassion & Mindfulness|
|10||The Compassionate Letter & Mindfulness|
|11||Changing what I can and Accepting what cannot be changed|
|12||Towards a Valued Life: Relapse prevention|