As a mother, my interest in nutrition has increased. I want to be an example to my children and teach them a healthier lifestyle that they will hopefully carry over into their adult years. The Wellspring Weight Loss Plan is a book, based on the program of the same name that has helped so many teenagers lose weight.
The author encourages three behavior goals: eat as little fat as possible, journal what you eat and walk 10,000 steps a day. All things we should try and do. Nothing outrageous.
In addition to the three behavior goals there’s one goal to keep in the forefront of our mind: cultivate a healthy obsession.
The book is very straight-forward. It’s all the things our mother’s probably taught us, or tried to anyway.
Once the behavior and main goal is centered, the book moves into seven steps:
1.) Make the decision to lose weight
2.) Understand how the body works
3.) Find foods that are good, that you love
4.) Increase movement (exercise)
5.) Monitor yourself and stick to a healthy plan
6.) Find coping mechanisms for stress, not related to food
7.) Don’t get discouraged by weight loss plateaus
The Wellspring Weight Loss plan is sensible and offers great advice implemented into so many other weight loss programs.
The author, Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD is not a nutritionist but an expert in the field of behavioral science. I think this expertise made the section on finding alternative ways to overcome stress a worthy read. It also happens to be an area I find myself in constant struggle in working through. Kirschenbaum’s resume also includes serving on the United States Olympic Committee as a sports psychologist and a consultant for a number of other sports and medical committees devoted to health, fitness, and weight loss.
The book also includes recipes. There aren’t many and it might be difficult to build a menu of any length with what is included. The ones included do cover breakfast, lunch and dinner in a variety of forms. All include nutritional information.
I found the chapter “Eat to Lose” on page 94 has a few interesting studies and even states high profile celebrities who endorse fast-food. It was really an interesting chapter.
This book taught me a lot about eating and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. The plan, like any, requires a long term commitment and results aren’t going to be immediate.
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