Multiple researches have cited that 95% of fad diets fail to maintain weight loss after five years. On the other hand, Intuitive eating, encourages people to make peace with food by not labeling it as “good” or “bad,” and to listen to physical cues for hunger and fullness.
All of us are born having an innate sense of when to eat and when to stop, but diet culture and marketing messages distort those cues over time.
The goal is to help reconnect with those instincts. By not restricting and following unreasonable food rules, binges lose their appeal and nutritious foods (proteins, whole grains, vegetables, etc.) become more satisfying and appealing.
It is based on interoception-the ability to feel the small sensations in the body such as hunger, fullness, and satisfaction cues. Researchers have found that those who follow their internal eating cues are more sensitive to interoceptive signals. This means that when you eat intuitively, you get more attuned to those body signals.
Health Benefits of Intuitive Eating
As of 2019, there are more than 100 research studies looking at intuitive eating. These studies demonstrate that intuitive eating has many positive health outcomes like:
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Lower stress levels
- Boost in energy Level
- Improved mental health
- Lower eating disorder occurrence
- Hightened body awareness
- Enhanced self-esteem
- Improved level of happiness
Have you been dieting for quite some time, but keep finding yourself right where you started?
Intuitive eating can help you break out of that cycle. And unlike dieting, it lets you enjoy eating without regret, guilt, or shame about your food choices. The intuitive eating approach might take time and patience to fully get the hang of it.
Love & Take care of your body in 2021.