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Sifting Through the Confusion on Weight Loss, Management

by User Not Found | Mar 29, 2012
Confusion is the one constant when examining the plethora of strategies and techniques for weight loss and management. A panel of leading experts on exercise, diet and nutrition gave evidence-based guidance on the hot topic at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 16th-annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition.

March 29, 2012

 

SIFTING THROUGH THE CONFUSION ON WEIGHT LOSS, MANAGEMENT

Panel addresses hot topic related to weight and energy balance

 

LAS VEGAS – Confusion is the one constant when examining the plethora of strategies and techniques for weight loss and management. A panel of leading experts on exercise, diet and nutrition gave evidence-based guidance on the hot topic today at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 16th-annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition.

 

ACSM endorses the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which says that successful weight management to improve overall health for adults requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing sustainable and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity.

 

“There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation out there when it comes to losing weight and to maintaining a healthy weight,” said panel moderator Laura J. Kruskall, Ph.D, RD, CSSD, FACSM. “Unfortunately, many opinions ignore scientifically supported practices and the importance of energy balance.” Kruskall is director of nutrition sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 

The other panelists were Molly M. Michelman, M.S., R.D., CLC, director of the UNLV Didactic Program in Dietetics; Kristine Clark, Ph.D, R.D., FACSM, director of sports nutrition at Penn State University; and Nanna L. Meyer, Ph.D., R.D., CSSD, of the University of Colorado & the United States Olympic Committee.

 

Panelists drew upon their professional expertise, work with athletes and practical experience with community-health and medical practices to offer a variety of insights for weight loss and management including:

  • Key issues and interventions when dealing with weight loss/management in children
  • The appropriate role of protein in the diet
  • How to adapt eating with exercise activity levels and the importance of energy balance before, during and after workouts
  • Weight-sensitive sports and associated health risks

 

The panel fielded a variety of questions from the audience and also touched on the importance of weight management for optimal health while aging.

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The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 45,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. NOTE: Information presented at the Summit represents the professional opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the American College of Sports Medicine.

 

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