Intuitive Eating: Yes! You Can Stop Dieting and Still Manage Your Weight!

If you’re doing what you’ve always done (dieting), expecting that it’ll be different this time (you’ll keep the weight off and live happily ever after), but despite all your efforts, you just keep getting the same old results (weight regain and more food and body obsession), you aren’t alone. In fact, you sound just like me before I discovered that there are proven ways to ditch your diet and still achieve or maintain a weight that is healthy for you.

Now, it’s only fair that I’m VERY clear here. When I say “a weight that is healthy for you” I’m not referring to that ridiculous number on a scale you’ve been shooting for (ie. your high school weight, your weight on your wedding day after you dieted down to fit into your dress, some 3x/4x/5x your inches over 5ft calculation, Jennifer Aniston’s weight) or even some supposedly-official number your doctor pulled from an insurance chart. In fact, I’m not even talking about a number. I’m talking about the physical state at which you sleep and feel your best, have enough energy and drive to do all the things you want to do, and most importantly, a state your body will comfortably allow you to maintain without deprivation or food obsession. I know you are skeptical (I was too!) and if you’ve spent any time at all living in our weight-obsessed culture, it might take some time for you to come around to this way of thinking, but I am patient and you are worth it so stick aroundj…browse the posts and articles on this site. Ask a question. Learn about the challenges and rewards of giving up dieting forever. Give it a try. After all, what do you have to lose, right?

Are your Food and Exercise Habits putting you at Risk for Developing Orthorexia?

For some people, interest in healthy food can transform into an eating disorder. The Authorized Bratman Orthorexia Self-Test below is designed to help you determine whether you have come close to, or have already crossed, that line.

The Bratman Orthorexia Self-Test

If you are a healthy-diet enthusiast, and you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may be developing orthorexia nervosa:

(1) I spend so much of my life thinking about, choosing and preparing healthy food that it interferes with other dimensions of my life, such as love, creativity, family, friendship, work and school.

(2) When I eat any food I regard to be unhealthy, I feel anxious, guilty, impure, unclean and/or defiled; even to be near such foods disturbs me, and I feel judgmental of others who eat such foods.

(3) My personal sense of peace, happiness, joy, safety and self-esteem is excessively dependent on the purity and rightness of what I eat.

(4) Sometimes I would like to relax my self-imposed “good food” rules for a special occasion, such as a wedding or a meal with family or friends, but I find that I cannot. (Note: If you have a medical condition in which it is unsafe for you to make ANY exception to your diet, then this item does not apply.)

(5) Over time, I have steadily eliminated more foods and expanded my list of food rules in an attempt to maintain or enhance health benefits; sometimes, I may take an existing food theory and add to it with beliefs of my own.

(6) Following my theory of healthy eating has caused me to lose more weight than most people would say is good for me, or has caused other signs of malnutrition such as hair loss, loss of menstruation or skin problems.

 

If you feel you may be suffering from orthorexia, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

Intuitive Eating – Reject the Diet Mentality: Do You Want to Be Thin or Do You Want to be Loved?

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Do you feel like you have to be thin to feel loved, cherished, respected or cared for??? If so, ask yourself…

Who do you love because they are thin?
Who do you want to spend time with because they are not fat?
Who makes you laugh with their slenderness??
Who has changed your life, helped you when you needed it or saved you when you needed saving – with their shapely thighs?
And who will remember you when you are gone because you don’t take up much space?

I personally have never loved, cherished, appreciated, needed, respected or found anybody more interesting or lovable because they were thin, “in shape”, fit into a certain size jeans, weighed less than me, had a flat stomach or couldn’t pinch an inch.

Have you?

Intuitive Eating – Reject the Diet Mentality: What the Diet Industry Would Hate for You to Find Out

The diet industry is a 20 billion dollar a year industry.  In the US, 108 million people are dieting at any given moment in an attempt to lose weight and reshape their bodies. 85% of these dieters are women.

There are a lot of things the diet industry would hate for you to realize like…

  • 95% of all dieters regain the weight they lost within 5 years. Many gain back even more weight and end up heavier than when they started. Why would you starve yourself for weeks or months on end to just end up further away from your goal?  Well, it might not work for you but guess who it DOES work for? Yep! The diet industry – now they get to sell even more programs, plans, pills, etc to even more desperate dieters!
  • The average dieter goes on 4-5 diets a year. Why is this? Because diets don’t work obviously. If they worked you’d go on one diet, lose the weight and never have to diet again right?
  • Diets are harmful to your health. Studies show that losing and regaining weight is harder on your body and more unhealthy than maintaining your initial heavier weight without ever having dieted.
  • Dieting is a set up for failure. Most people blame themselves and a lack of willpower for their diet failures when really the fault lies with the diet itself. Falling off a diet has nothing to do with willpower. Diet failure is simply the body responding to hunger and a state of semi-starvation or starvation. The body and mind react to a diet in the same way they would to starvation — the body’s metabolism decreases and cravings increase.
  • Diet companies profit when you fail at your diet, blame yourself and pay to sign up again to start the diet anew. What a racket! Would you take your car to a mechanic if he never actually fixed the problems but just kept your car running good enough to drive it back to the shop? How about it every time you took the car in to be “fixed” the car came back with even bigger and more expensive problems?
  • Diets lower your basal metabolism, making it almost impossible to keep off the weight you’ve lost and even harder to lose weight in the future.
  • In addition to continuing to diet, dieters who do manage to lose 30 lbs or more and keep it off for more than 5 years spend on average 1 hour or more a day exercising in an attempt to maintain their new weight.
  • Dieting is a precursor of eating disorders like bulimia, binge eating disorder and orthorexia. The National Eating Disorders Association reports that 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting and that 20-25% of those individuals develop eating disorders.
  • You do not have to diet to arrive at or maintain a healthy weight. Intuitive eating teaches individuals how to look inside themselves and listen to internal cues AND provides guidance on how to form a healthy relationship with food. It is an anti-diet approach to eating. There are no rules to break and no temptations to resist. Intuitive eating, unlike dieting and meal planning, is not a set up for failure. Intuitive eaters have been shown to be happier, healthier and to have an easier time managing their weight than dieters.

Ready to ditch dieting and the diet industry and start learning to eat intuitively? Contact us today (or click here) to learn more about our Intuitive Eating coaching.

 

 

Sources: John LaRosa of MarketData; National Weight Control Registry; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; Eating Disorders Hope.

 

 

 

Eatuitive – Intuitive Eating Blog

Hi. I’m Kris Pina. I created Eatuitive and this blog to share what I’ve learned about dieting, weight loss, body image, eating disorders and non-diet approaches to weight management and health. I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, an EDIT™ Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Therpist, a Body Type Practical Nutritionist, and a Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach. Additionally, I am a member of the Central Texas Eating Disorders Specialists (CTEDS), the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and a supporter of the Health at Every Size (HAES) movement.

But please, if you are going to trust me, don’t do it just because of my credentials. Trust me because I spent over 30 years dieting and struggling with disordered eating before learning that the way to get to and stay at a healthy weight (and live a life free of body obsession, restriction, and unhealthy weight fluctuations) is by not cutting calories, carbs or fats or even by cutting out sugar, grains or gluten. Believe it or not, managing your weight is not about you trying to control or cut out anything! In fact, it’s mostly about letting go of control and letting your body do what it’s beautifully designed to do if left to its own devices (which is to keep you at a perfectly healthy weight!)

So, are you ready to give a non-diet lifestyle a try? I hope so because I am truly excited to welcome you, and I look forward to helping you find freedom from dieting, disordered eating, food-related health issues, weight obsession, and body shame.

Click on the links to the right to read articles and watch videos relevant to dieting, non-dieting approaches to weight management, intuitive eating, body image and eating disorder recovery. Browse the blog articles, check out the resources on the site, and post comments and questions. I’ll do my best to get back with you asap. If you’d like to work with me one-on-one, you can find out more about virtual coaching and/or counseling here.