Monday, 25 July 2016

Ditch the Diet: Be an Intuitive Eater

It's common advice to tell individuals who desire to lose weight to move more and consume fewer calories. However, losing weight is not as simple as it sounds - it takes hard work and dedication. Research shows that the majority of dieters regain almost all the weight they lose within five year and up to two-thirds actually regain more than what they lost.

The research also shows that intuitive eaters naturally balance their energy intake and tend to have lower body weight-without dieting and restriction. You might be wondering what is intuitive eating. Well, here's a definition for you: intuitive eating is a nutritional approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind and body rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods.  Intuitive eaters have positive relaxed and flexible attitudes towards eating. They trust internal hunger cues and enjoy a variety of foods -both healthy and purely indulgent choices.

Here are some tips on how you can become an intuitive eater:
  1. Listen to your body's hunger cues. Eat when you are hungry, not when you're bored or tempted by the sight and smell of food
  2. Eat only until you're satisfied and not full
  3. Give up any unrealistic or rigid food rules
  4. Enjoy your food choices without guilt

Sherldine Tomlinson