Concepts of Intuitive Eating - Diet Review

- POSTED ON: Apr 28, 2011

                            

The Fantasy of  Intuitive Eating  is alluring.

"Eat when you're hungry."
"Eat what you like."
"Stop when you're full".

However, for most people, these instructions are totally ineffective.
These concepts of Intuitive Eating involve letting one's BODY tell one how much to eat.

While a "slightly" obese person can have a similiar MENTAL state to a morbidly obese person, the BODY of a person who has spent a few years a bit over the BMI Obesity Border, is far, far different from the BODY of a person who has spent much of their lifetime far over that border.

New HABITS can be learned, and one can gain a new MINDSET, however, the PRIMARY PROBLEM with INTUITIVE EATING ... for those who've spent lots of time  far into the weight range of Obesity or are now "Reduced Obese"
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..is the difference in their BODY's Physical Responses due to their condition, or former condition.

The body responds and changes as a result of Increased weight, and many of those inner changes are not eliminated by weight-loss, or evidently....(based on the experience of myself and others)... by maintaining that weight-loss for 5 to 10 years.

One Example of this is that Fat cells are not simple storage deposits, but each one actively relates to the body continually.

Anyone who has ever been morbidly Obese, has far, far more fat cells than someone who has never been less than 50 lbs overweight, and with weight loss, fat cells shrink, but NEVER disappear.

Body changes were addressed in the research of Dr. Rudolph Leibel, M.D. who assessed the reasons for the frequent regaining of weight by reduced-obese patients. Results of that research were:

"The mean individual energy requirement of reduced-obese subjects was less than that for the control (normal-weight) subjects, despite the fact that they still weighed 60% more than the controls.

In order to maintain a reduced weight, some reduced-obese or even partially reduced patients must restrict their food intake to approximately 25% less than that anticipated on the basis of metabolic body size."

Intuitive Eating is a MENTAL process of teaching oneself to rely on the BODY's NATURAL hunger and appetites.

However, the NATURAL BODY RESPONSE of a reduced obese person provides hunger and appetite cues that are intended to return that person to their former weight.
 My position is that ....perhaps... Intuitive Eating principles MIGHT work for those who have spent a brief period of their life in the BMI "overweight" category, or even slightly over the BMI "obesity" category, but as a weight-loss, or maintenance of weight-loss tool, Intuitive Eating principles are totally ineffective for those who have spent long periods of time well into the BMI category of "Obesity".

How do I explain the Examples used by Intuitive Eating Guru Authors? My personal opinion based on my personal research is that
most of those Examples are a result of wishful thinking, wild exaggeration and outright untruthfulness.


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On Apr 28, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
fat cells shrink, but NEVER disappear...the difference in their BODY's Physical Responses...Intuitive Eating principles are totally ineffective... The solution will then be a far different one (as opposed to if the mechanism was psychological) which is vital if one wants to remain slim & trim. Why this is controversial in some quarters is beyond me but it is. I now see the obese as a group that needs accurate help as much as any other group afflicted by health problems (cancer, epilepsy, etc...). When I realized the obese (myself included 5# shy) was at root a fat metabolism problem, I felt less judgmental of them and myself and quite hopeful that a solution could be found. This then springboarded into hope for a vast array of maladies being relieved. In DS case, this seems to be the case. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to lessen the incidence of cancer? You have lost a dear friend to this disease as have I. What if it was as simple as limiting the sugar in most people? I do not know if this is true but it would certainly be worth a try with the multidious studies on cancer going on presently.


On Apr 28, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Karen, Hope is always a good thing. However I place a high value on an individual's right to make his or her own health decisions, and the intake of sugar and other carbs is a very personal and difficult choice. Even if these are as unhealthy as some believe, each of us gets to choose how to deal with them.


On Apr 28, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
To chose implies having accurate information. I am the first to agree that the research Is far from settled, however, there is enough parameters & tools that an individual can monitor their own personal responses. This ability to measure, record, analyze, then plan a response or not I find powerful. If DS Crohns is managed successfully by being carb conscious as it seems to be, as opposed to biweekly infusions, that is fantastic. But if we had never heard of this choice, how could we have tried it?


On Apr 28, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Good Point Karen. You are doing a good job of keeping yourself informed.


On Apr 29, 2011 TexArk wrote:
Here is a quote from another blogger: ******It sounds so wonderful in theory. The notion that you can reach the point where you’re always eating whatever you want (after all, if you’re truly zeroed in on your body’s natural appetite, then indeed, that’s what this means) and still maintaining a fit and healthy body…..is almost breathtakingly seductive. *******And that is why I guess this "nondiet diet" makes me the most angry. It is just a seductive lie. Maybe if we were in the wild and had a limited food supply with no other choices, our bodies might choose to eat what was available and in the right quantities. But this is fantasy land where I spent too many years. I thought it would be a good way to maintain. Instead it was a good way to stay in denial and gain!


On Apr 29, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk, I also feel this way. It is really unfortunate that the "eating disorder recovery" professionals have adopted this principle as THE way of eating, because I feel RATHER STRONGLY that it is an incorrect strategy overall, and in fact, not only does it not work for the obese, but I believe it greatly hinders recovery for ALL types of eating disorders. In fact I find it difficult to quietly watch people trying to recover from an "ED" via the use of this method.

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