Do you know how to eat...water?

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - It is more important to teach people how to eat
than it is to tell them what to eat. It is also more difficult and more time
consuming. With rates of obesity in Canada on the rise, this is the dilemma
that is facing family physicians here on a daily basis.
    "With the shortage of family physicians, most GPs just don't have the
time or training to address the issue of diet with their patients. And this is
what motivated me to create a safe and healthy dietary approach that GPs could
feel comfortable recommending to their patients," says Dr. Melissa Hershberg,
Toronto-based physician and author of The Hershberg Diet.
    The hardcover, which hit bookshelves across Canada last month, offers a
unique and effective approach to teaching people how to understand eating for
weight loss and health -- an approach that focuses not on the traditional
three macronutrients - protein, carbs, and fat - but rather on what she has
labeled the "4th macronutrient."
    Dr. Hershberg explains to readers that this critically important "4th
macronutrient" is water. But -- and it's a big but -- it's not about drinking
water. Instead, the book teaches people how to eat water and proves to them
that high water foods are the absolute best for weight loss.
    Eating water is not intuitive; but it is certainly important. And that is
what makes The Hershberg Diet an essential read.
    The book, which has been endorsed by the CEO of the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Ontario, teaches people how to recognize water as something they
eat, as opposed to just drink.
    Water-rich foods such as lean meats, chicken, fish, vegetables, fruits,
dairy - they're mathematically proven to be the best for weight loss as they
fill you up and take up space for very few calories. Dry foods -- cereals,
crackers, pretzels, breads, cookies, chips, raisins, etc. -- they are the ones
that can lead to quick weight gain as every bite that's put into the mouth is
a calorie - there's no calorie-free water to take up space. People easily
overeat these foods and pack on the pounds quickly as a result. It makes sense
that low carb diets work -- the carbohydrates that most of us indulge in are
dry and unnatural and therefore result in blood sugar and insulin spikes as
well as excessive calorie loads.
    The World Health Organization attributes the global increase in obesity
to a global shift in diet towards increased consumption of energy dense foods.
    The trouble is that most people don't understand what this means. Energy
dense foods are those that have loads of calories packed into a small space.
How is this accomplished? By processing and dehydrating - by removing the
    If we want to learn how to eat for weight loss and health, we must learn
how to "eat water."
    In addition to teaching people about the "4th macronutrient," the book
also teaches people how to eat foods that are "hotty" - burn calories as heat
in their breakdown - and that have the right hormonal effect -- raise blood
sugar and insulin levels slowly and steadily and therefore promote fat burning
instead of fat storage.
    According to Dr. Hershberg, the diet is not about being perfect or eating
perfectly. It's about being better. Eating better. Feeling better and living
    To learn more about The Hershberg Diet, visit

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