Intuitive Eating & Its Benefits

Intuitive Eating & Its Benefits

  • 8 May 2020
We’re live in a time of diet culture. It seems everyone is one some kind of diet, whether its paleo, keto, gluten-free, intermittent fasting, raw vegan, or some new weight loss wonder diet. There are adverts everywhere for diets, weight loss pills and even teas that claim they will help you lose weight.

But what if you’re fed up with diet culture and just want to eat normally?

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is a philosophy that rejects the dieting mentality. This anti-diet is becoming very popular in recent years.

It’s the opposite of a diet - you don’t count calories, you don’t have strict meal plans, you don’t have to give up certain foods, and there’s no such thing as a “cheat day”. There are no strict restrictions and rules about what you eat, no limit on portion sizes and no specific eating times. You pay attention to how your body feels and what it needs.

Most conventional diets are hard to stick to, and leave people feeling tired or frustrated. And people often end up having binges or overeating when they finally stop dieting because they’ve been deprived of certain foods for so long. In fact, most diets don’t even work for that reason - even if someone loses weight they usually end up putting it back on again afterwards from overindulging in restricted foods. Dieting can also cause you to feel guilty about eating certain foods, even if you love them, and diets can also lead to serious problems like eating disorders.

With intuitive eating, you use your intuition listen to what your body is trying to tell you, whether you’re feeling full, hungry, or craving something in particular. You can indulge in a dessert without feeling guilty, and the main end goal is not weight loss.

Intuitive eating is made up of 10 principles which include rejecting the diet mentality, honoring your hunger, and making peace with food.

What are the benefits?

Intuitive eating promotes a healthy attitude toward food and body image. There are proven benefits from scientific studies about the benefits of intuitive eating, most of which have focused on women.

Intuitive eating had been linked to better psychological health and weight maintenance.

Studies have also show that those who follow intuitive eating have less incidence of depression and anxiety, and better self-esteem and body image.

Another benefit is that it is easy to stick to and follow for a long period of time - unlike most restrictive diets.

Intuitive eating is all about respecting your body, making peace with food, and giving yourself permission to eat all types of food without feeling guilty. And with all the proven benefits, no wonder people are skipping dieting and focusing on intuitive eating instead.