If your wish is to:
Eat what you want,
Enjoy every guiltless bite,
and Be happy with
whatever way your body looks,
Intuitive Eating works flawlessly,
… but it stops at that point.
Intuitive Eating is letting your body tell you What, When, and How Much to eat.
It is NOT a weight-loss tool.
Intuitive eating means making decisions based on what your body wants, rather than what your mind thinks it should eat.
The body has a survival mechanism that determines the weight it wants to be.
When a person who is currently at the weight that their body naturally wants to be, begins to successfully eat intuitively, that body weight will be "effortlessly" maintained.
However, almost every person who is under a “normal” weight, or who is at a “reduced obese” weight, weighs less … sometimes far less … than the higher number that their body’s survival mechanism considers optimal or “normal” for them.
This means that when those people begin to successfully follow their body signals, they are going to gain weight. "Reduced obese" people will usually re-gain ALL of their lost weight.
The practice of Intuitive Eating is sometimes called the “hunger and fullness diet”.
When you believe that you can only eat when you are hungry, and that you have done something wrong if you have eaten when you were full, you are using Intuitive Eating as a diet.
When a person feels like they’ve “fallen off the wagon” after choosing to eat according to their desires, instead of their biological cues, they are using Intutive Eating as a diet.
A person can ONLY “fall off a wagon” when there’s a wagon to fall off of. The term, “wagon” is a metaphor for "diet": meaning a set of rules, ideals or beliefs around food that we let determine how we feel about ourselves.
Resisting whatever weight that your body considers to be your natural weight, makes it impossible to get to a “neutral and intuitive” place with food.
Any Intuitive Eating guru who teaches normal eating, but also promises-or-implies a weight-loss result, raises a big red flag. 🚩 Lessons on listening to your hunger will fall short if you are unwilling to gain weight. That’s a diet masked as “intuitive eating”.
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