Developing the right mindset for losing weight

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People worry about anything extreme, because we grow up in a culture that emphasizes moderation. The approach that I take in our programs at Wellspring favor an extreme approach. They favor a stringent goal of 0 fat for example. That scares most people. They think, “Oh, how can I do that? That’s too hard.” Well, every athlete, there are no successful athletes that don’t take an extreme approach. Extreme approach is necessary in the face of a challenging biology. The biology doesn’t want a person to lose the weight and keep it off. And in the face of an obisogenic culture. So taking an approach that is focused, that is consistent, that requires an everyday commitment is an extreme approach, but you know, it’s a successful approach. If you are on a job and you take an attitude of, “Well, I’ll sort of do what I’m supposed to do, but sometimes I won’t really care about it,” how long are you going to last on that job? Weight control is a bit of a job. It requires a certain intensity of focus to be successful.

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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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