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Diets don’t work! What’s a better plan?

Is this a fair assessment of dieting …in your own experience?: “Traditional weight loss dieting programs are typically ineffective in producing consistent long-term weight loss and maintenance. In addition to being ineffective, dieting often results in psychological distress and disordered eating behaviors .”

Why would a thin guy be interested in talking about dieting? There’s an alarming stat that’s been around since 1959: “95% of all dieters will regain the weight they lose within one year. While we would like to believe things have changed since 1959, in this case, it’s only gotten worse. It turns out that the very premise of dieting works directly against our biology, psychology and our inborn need for pleasure. And it’s these three dimensions that can help us understand the 3 key reasons why diets don’t work.

A plan that does work is called “Intuitive Eating”. In short, intuitive eating means breaking free from the on-and-off cycle of dieting and learning to eat mindfully and without guilt. There’s no calorie counting or restrictions on certain foods, but there are some guidelines—10 principles, to be exact—that make up the core philosophy of this method.

Make no mistake, learning to eat “intuitively” probably won’t be easy, because it’s counter to nearly everything we’ve been taught about diet. But it works! It’s the best way to eat whether you like the way you look and feel, or just want to make some improvements. Check out this Quick Guide to Intuitive Eating , and let me know your thoughts.

To be honest, I hadn’t heard about intuitive eating until just a short time ago. But when I read about it, I realized that Victoria and I have been practicing the concepts for a long, long time. We eat whatever we want, whenever we want. We trust our bodies to tell us what foods nurture us and those that don’t. We’re always fine tuning, and we’ve learned some very useful ‘adjustments’ from this research.

If you have any issues about eating, I’m certain this will be useful to you. So looking forward to your comments.

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