Debunking the myths of weight loss

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Debunking the myths of weight loss

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People have several ideas that keep coming back and are very prevalent in media about weight loss that really don’t coincide well with science. And one of those ideas – I’m talking about two of them right now – one of them concerns water. You must drink lots of water in order to loose weight and keep it off. Absolutely not true. It’s important to be hydrated. If you’re not hydrated, you’re going to pass out. But usually, your body is pretty good about telling you when you need to drink and most people get a lot of their fluid intake from food anyway. It’s not a major concern and it has nothing to do, virtually nothing to do, with success at weight loss. Pounding glass after glass of water. Any liquid works, the liquid in food works. Staying hydrated is the key and that’s not that hard to do. The second myth I want to talk about is the processing of food. People think that because food is more processed these days than it used to be, particularly in high fructose corn syrup, which is relatively modern invention that was created in the ‘70s, it doesn’t have that much of a negative effect on weight. It’s a factor in creating the obesity that we see, because food is more prevalent and cheap, and some of that food is problematic, but the processing per se can be very useful for weight controller. Weight controller wants to eat things like frozen yoghurt. That’s processed. It used to have fat in it before it got processed. So a lot of processing can be very helpful for weight controllers and it’s not particularly harmful per se, just the processing of food. It’s really what we wind up eating, not the way it was processed.
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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, ABPP, is the President of Wellspring. He was Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Northwestern University Medical School, where he is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kirschenbaum is a Fellow and Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology in the American Psychological Association and former president of its Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology. Dr. Kirschenbaum has provided invited addresses at many professional conferences world-wide, received numerous grants for research, and published 10 books and 150 journal articles on weight loss, sport psychology, and related topics. His books include: the first book published for professionals on the treatment of pediatric obesity - Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent ObesityWeight Loss Through PersistenceThe Sierras Weight Loss Solution for Teens and Kids (2007); and, The Wellspring Weight Loss Plan. Dr. Kirschenbaum’s research on sport psychology won the top prize for research on the mental game of golf from the World Scientific Congress on Golf (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Golf Magazine; in 2000, the American Council on Exercise and its Board of Directors unanimously endorsed his book, The 9 Truths About Weight Loss, as "the best book ever written for the public on how to lose weight and keep it off."

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