Background and activities

Postdoctoral fellow at IKOM, studying why weight regain occurs in the majority of reduced-obese individuals. The explanation of the challenges of weight loss maintenance is likely to be a result from a complex interplay between genetics, environmental and social factors, behavioral/psychological aspects related with motivation and support required to maintain the lifestyle changes required for long-term success.


  • PhD degree at Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM) since 2018. Title of thesis: An investigation of potential variables affecting the physiological adaptations to weight loss: weight loss rate, nature of energy restriction, and ketosis.
  • Master degree in Community Health, at Faculty of Medical Sciences of New University of Lisbon. Title of thesis: Methodology of assessment of nutritional intake and associated eating behaviors in a multidisciplinary obesity treatment program.
  • Degree in Dietetics, at School of Health Technology of Lisbon (ESTeSL). Thesis title: Study of complications in new-borns of mothers with pregestational type 2 diabetes.

Research group:

Cátia Martins, leader of the Unit for Clinical Medicine and Metabolic Diseases, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, a specialist on the role of exercise on energy balance and body weight homeostasis, in particular its impact on appetite control and on total energy expenditure, as PI.

Scientific areas:

Obesity and weight control, compensatory mechanisms at the level of the appetite control system activated during weight reduction, nutrition and eating behaviours, and health.

Research interests:

Health promotion, particularly through research in identifying the determinants of health behaviors (nutrition and weight control), their adoption, and weight loss maintenance.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications