This is probably one of the most common questions I get: if I want to lose weight, can I still practice intuitive eating? It’s completely understandable if there is still a part of you hoping for weight loss and you can still use intuitive eating even if there’s a part of you that wants to lose weight. And – and – the intuitive eating framework is not meant to be an intentional weight-loss method, for several important reasons. Read on to learn more.
What is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive eating is a non-diet approach to health and wellness that helps you tune into your body signals, break free from the diet cycle, and heal your relationship with food. The Intuitive Eating framework was created in 1995 by two registered dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.
Tribole and Resch’s intuitive eating framework is a non-diet, self-care approach to nutrition, health, and well-being that helps you make decisions on what to eat based upon your body’s inner wisdom – instead of external rules or restrictions.
Rather than using outside sources – such as counting calories or points, measuring portions, or following certain eating or food rules – to determine what, when, and how much to eat, you turn inward and listen to, and trust, your body’s cues to guide you.
Over time, this allows you to build back trust with your body so that you can get out of the restrict-binge cycle, eat what you want, in a way that feels good in and for your body, and do so without obsessing or feeling guilt or shame. Learn more about intuitive eating
Can You Use Intuitive Eating For Weight Loss?
First off, let me say that it’s completely understandable if there is still a part of you hoping for weight loss or feeling like you need to lose weight. You can still use intuitive eating even if there’s a part of you that wants to lose weight (more on this below).
That said, the intuitive eating framework is not meant to be an intentional weight-loss method. While earlier editions of the Intuitive Eating book contained some weight-centric language, the authors have shared their evolution and have since made it clear that…