Was one of your New Year resolutions to lose weight? If so then you have no doubt been trawling the internet for the latest way to achieve your goal.
The problem is that there is simply so much choice available, with many diet plans simply ineffective and unlikely to result in the results you so desperately crave.
Some diets may even involve drastic calorie cutting, which may actually be dangerous.
What if I were to tell you that you could see better long term results not through a diet but through intuitive eating instead. I bet you would be interested.
Read on to see why you should try intuitive eating for weight loss.
What is intuitive eating?
Intuitive eating is simply a philosophy that works to help you become more attuned to your own bodies hunger signals.
There have been numerous studies that have shown that intuitive eating works. For example a study at Brigham Young University in Utah, looked at this philosophy in detail.
The lead study author Professor Steven Hawks had this to say about intuitive eating:
“The approach is to recognise what our body wants and then regulate how much we eat, based on hunger.”
When you undergo a diet your body is pushing against human biology, whereas with intuitive eating you are learning to understand your own body and what it needs.
“This is a nurturing approach to nutrition as opposed to a regulated, restrictive approach. That is why diets fail, and that is why intuitive eating has a better chance of being successful in the long term.”
What are the other benefits of intuitive eating?
As well as the weight loss benefits of intuitive eating, studies on this philosophy have shown the following benefits:
- Reduced trigliceride levels (reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease)
- Increased levels of high density lipoproteins (good cholesterol – protects against heart attack)
How can you eat intuitively?
To begin eating intuitively you first need to be able to accept and value your own body, recognise that dieting is bad and to prepare yourself to think about how and why you eat.
Basically you will need to:
- Stop eating for emotional or social needs (for example if you are sad or bored)
- Learn when to stop eating, instead of feeling obliged to finish everything on your plate
- Learn to understand your own body and its signals, and its cravings so that you can respond to them positively
You should also try to move away from the quick fix mentality that has caused you to quit so many diets previously.
Rather than thinking about your weight loss as a short term goal, think of it as a more long term one and you will subconsciously change your approach.