You know deep down that dieting is futile, that you want off the lose weight-regain weight roller coaster, and you’re starting to think that Intuitive Eating might be for you. So how do you start learning to eat intuitively? By honoring your body when it tells you it’s hungry.
So what does it mean to honor your hunger? Simple – Eat when you are physically hungry*!
Now that you are a non-dieter, gone are the days of waking hungry and using coffee to calm your appetite. If you wake hungry, you eat.
And no more eating every 2-3 hours to “stoke your metabolism”. If you are actually hungry every 2-3 hours, you eat. If not, you wait until you are hungry.
It’s lunchtime and you aren’t hungry? You don’t eat.
If you skip dinner because you aren’t hungry and your hunger wakes you at 2 am, you eat.
Skipping meals and letting yourself get over-hungry will surely make any attempt at moderation more difficult leading to overeating (and even bingeing) when you finally do let yourself eat. Also, being over-hungry will generally make you eat faster, not giving your body time to realize it’s satisfied before you’re overfull. Finally, not eating when you’re hungry sends you the message that you need to restrict, limit, or starve yourself, none of which are necessary or recommended to manage your weight long term.
So if you aren’t hungry right now, keep reading this blog but if you ARE hungry, go eat something!
*If you are having trouble differentiating between physical hunger and emotional hunger, consider scheduling one-on-one coaching with an Eatuitive counselor.