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Seminar to focus on non-diet program for weight loss

Anyone who has dieted and lost weight, only to regain it time after time knows how hard that cycle can be to break.

"Most people in America are either struggling to stay on a diet, thinking about starting a diet, or have just failed one," stressed Casey Campbell, a registered dietitian and the family and consumer sciences educator for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service.

So maybe, Campbell pointed out, it's time for something totally different.

"In the long term, most people find that dieting just doesn't work," Campbell said. "That's because we can't just change the way we eat on a temporary basis and expect to keep our bodies healthy."

Instead, Campbell emphasized, people "have to make peace with food."

The Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service will offer a one-time workshop to help participants learn to do exactly that on Jan. 13, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The "Intuitive Eating: The Non-Diet Approach to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off!" workshop will help participants learn more about their personal eating styles and how it affects their own eating habits. It will also help them develop skills that will rid them of the need to chronically "diet."

"The goal of this program is to help individuals develop new attitudes about the way they eat, set goals and learn skills that will help them live a healthy, pleasurable life," Campbell said. "We will focus on the 'non-diet' or intuitive way to lose weight and keep it off."

The seminar will help individuals learn to cope with their emotions without using food, as well as practice portion control as they take part in various exercises geared to help them discover how to become an "intuitive" eater.

Participants will also take part in cooking demonstrations that will show them how easy it is to make a switch from high-fat, high-calorie foods to healthier versions.

"This is definitely a seminar that any person who has experienced the negative effects of yo-yo dieting needs to attend," Campbell stated. "For that matter, anyone who has ever tried any kind of diet and failed could benefit from this workshop."

Pre-registration is required for the seminar, along with a $5 fee to cover the cost of materials which will be handed out to participants during the program.

For more information about the "Intuitive Eating" seminar, contact the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service at 405-713-1125.



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