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Intuitive Eating: A Different Approach

01.28.2021

Tired of spending your life controlling what you eat and feeling like you're continually fighting against your body and the scale?

Intuitive Eating might just be for you.

Unsuccessful attempts

Through all the weight loss methods that we hear about, we are always sent the same message: you must control yourself, and you must restrict yourself in order to lose weight. Although we often see rapid weight loss in the early stages, these methods rarely work in the long term.

Up to two out of three people who try a diet will regain the weight, and even more, after 5 years. Back to square one !

In addition to not working, diets have serious long-term consequences. They lead to low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, obsessive thoughts about food and binge-eating. To top it off, hunger and fullness signals are disrupted and metabolism may be lowered.

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Know that it is not your fault if you suffer from these consequences; it's rather the weight loss diets’ fault!

Why intuitive eating?

But what if we tried something else? No concealed diet, no miracle (or diabolical!) food. Intuitive Eating is a different approach, an alternative to weight loss diets. Its main goal is to improve your relationship with food. This approach allows you to change your lifestyle habits while enjoying yourself, while respecting your hunger and satiety signals and your preferences.

Why try it? Because until you work on this foundation, it's hard to maintain healthy habits for the long run.

It’s guided by 10 major principles based on goodwill.

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In fact, this approach has several positive long-term impacts, such as better hunger signal recognition and reduced food cravings. We will also eat less in response to our environment or our emotions. In terms of weight, intuitive eating allows you to be guided towards a natural weight, a weight that can be maintained with pleasure and respect for your body, without unsustainable compromise.

Intuitive eating or mindful eating?

Intuitive eating is very similar to mindful eating, which includes a meditation component. It’s an approach based on the ancient practices of Zen Buddhism. You learn to focus on mindfulness and the experience of food in order to savor it and live in the moment when you eat.

Ready to get started?

Now, think about the consequences that diets have had in your life and put them in writing to become aware of what you want to maintain and what you want to let go of in the long run. Dive with us into the heart of the principles of intuitive eating!

Sources

(1) Mann T, Tomiyama AJ, Westling E, et coll. Medicare's search for effective obesity treatments: diets are not the answer. Am Psychol. 2007;62(3):220-233.

(2) Tribole E, Resch E. 2017. The intuitive eating workbook – 10 principles for nourishing healthy relationship with food. New Harbinger, Oakland, CA, USA.

(3) Gravel K. 2013. Manger avec sa tête ou selon ses sens : perceptions et comportements alimentaires, thèse de Doctorat, Université Laval Québec, Canada. http://theses.ulaval.ca/archimede/meta/30068

(4) Warren JM, Smith N and Ashwell M. A structured review on the role of mindfulness, mindful eating and intuitive eating in changing eating behaviours: effectiveness and associated potential mechanisms. Nutr Res Rev, 2017; 30(2):272-283.

(5) Nelson JB (2017). Mindful Eating: The Art of Presence While You Eat. Diabetes Spectr. 2017 Aug;30(3):171-174

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