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Keywords:

  • Adherence;
  • compliance;
  • maintenance

There are numerous factors that influence an individual's ability to adhere to a healthy behavior. The literature cites common events that must take place prior to maintaining an exercise plan, a medication regimen, and a healthy diet. The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of adherence in relation to weight loss using Walker and Avant's (1995) framework for concept analysis. This analysis revealed an extensive list of events or antecedents that may prove to be important when considering new strategies for weight management.