Table 2

Summary of main themes

FacilitatorsBarriersSupport from peers and family
The establishment of an honest and trustworthy relationship with the health professional
Monitoring the behavioural change with personal feedback
Goal setting
Experiencing significant life events igniting the right time for action
The perception of insurmountable obstacles
Experience of lack of self-efficacy
Excess eating of high-calorie food
Experience of honest and trustworthy person-to-person forums
Need for acknowledgement from referent others
Support from partner/spouse