Who is most susceptible to hitting a weight loss plateau?

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Who is most susceptible to hitting a weight loss plateau?

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Plateaus are inevitable in weight loss. It becomes interesting to try and predict when someone might hit that plateau. That's very, very difficult to do, but research has demonstrated a few things that helps in that kind of prediction. Surprisingly, when a person starts a weight loss journey with the right kind of help, the right kind of help being a program that involves Well Springs or some other cognitive behavior therapy to help the process efficient and as effective as possible. Whether it's a child or an adult, you can see if they are into it or not. The really into it people designation goes to the ones who self-monitoring at 100 percent. They are writing everything down. They are talking about it. They are thinking about it. They are talking to their friends and neighbors. They come back for a session and are just full of, "I did this, and I tried that." You see the energy in a person. It could be a 12 year old or an 80 year old. If you see that kind of energy, you can tell that person is going to have an easier course with the weight control process. If someone comes in and they spotty on their self-monitoring. They are moaning and groaning about the process. You can certainly predict they are going to hit a plateau a lot sooner and a lot harder than that really eager beaver person. Even the most eager and excited phrenetic weight controllers will hit plateaus. It will just be later in the course of the effort and it might be gentler and not take as much of a toll.

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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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