Is there such a thing as a diet that works?
Are you searching for a new diet that works? Is there such a thing! If you’re a chronic dieter, wouldn’t it be nice to st yo-yo-ing?
Everyone has a habit or a vice. Some people smoke, some bite their fingernails, some can’t resist having a piece of chocolate before bedtime, and others snore when they sleep. Then there are the habitual dieters, always looking for a new diet that promises astonishing results.
How many new diet plans have you tried? Some people can tick off a long list of new diets they have attempted, yo-yo-ing back and forth, from Atkins, weight watchers, the grapefruit diet, the soup diet, the salad diet, the low-fat diet. Many of whom are not able to count every new diet they have tried.
Often, each new diet is punctuated by a day of binge eating. Sure, you lost weight on that latest low-carb diet, but now you’re craving a baked potato, French fries, and a big piece of garlic bread. Wouldn’t it be great to find a new diet that allows you to eat all the foods you want while still losing weight?
The bottom line is that the best option isn’t a new diet. It’s a concept that has been around for ages, but people fail to overlook it due to the many promises the latest diet proclaims. However, most doctors will agree that fad dieting is not the wisest choice to lose weight.
Despite being bombarded with new diet choices, we can’t ignore one fact. We lose weight when we limit our caloric intake. This isn’t about grapefruit, low carb, fat-free products, or even following a strict new diet plan. It’s about eating in moderation.
In fact, ignoring your hunger can cause your body to go into a stressed state which spikes your cortisol levels, leading to storing fat.
Use your intuition and gauge if you’re eating due to hunger, boredom or feeding an uncomfortable emotion. Your body is an incredible machine and tells us exactly what we need, but we often find ourselves disconnected from its signals and not trust our intuition.
Intuitive eating is a philosophy that makes you an expert on your body instead of prescriptions from diet books and experts. It’s the opposite of the traditional diet. There are no guidelines on how to avoid this and what or when to eat. Intuitive eating teaches you that you are the best person to make your own choices.
Here we will discuss a detailed beginner’s guide to intuitive eating.
Intuitive eating is a way of eating that stimulates a healthy attitude towards food and body image. The idea of intuitive eating is that eat only when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. While this should be an intuitive process, it is not for many people. Diet books telling you what, when, and how to eat can derail you from trusting your body and its intuition.
To eat intuitively, you need to know how to trust your body. First of all, to do this, you need to understand the difference between physical and emotional hunger.
Physical hunger: This biological desire tells you to replenish nutrients. It forms slowly and has various signals, such as bloating, fatigue, or irritability, which are only satisfied when eating a meal.
An emotional need. Feelings of sadness, loneliness, and boredom can cause food cravings. Then eating causes guilt and self-loathing.
Keep away food books and magazine articles that give you the false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently as these more often than not result in you gaining back your weight and usually more. If you let go of even the slightest hope that a new and improved diet or food plan may be floating around the corner, it will keep you free from intuitive foods.
Feed your body biologically with nutritious protein, carbohydrates fats. Otherwise, you can trigger a drive to overeat. Once you reach a moment of extreme hunger, all moderate and conscious eating intentions are useless. Giving respect to this first biological signal sets the stage for increasing trust in yourself and food.
Call a truce and stop the food fight!
Give yourself permission to eat unconditionally.
If you tell yourself that you shouldn’t eat a particular food, it can increase feelings of distress, resulting in overwhelming guilt. When you finally “give in”, you will intensely experience the food, usually resulting in overeating.
Shout in your mind the thoughts that call you “good” or “bad” for eating the least calories because you’ve eaten a piece of chocolate cake. Food police oversee inappropriate rules set by food culture. The police station is intense in your psyche, and its loudspeaker accuses you of negative rhetoric, hopeless phrases, and inciting guilt. Chasing the food police is an essential step towards intuitive eating.
The Japanese have the wisdom to maintain happiness as one of their goals in a healthy life. In our compulsion to adhere to food culture, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence – the joy and satisfaction found in the food experience.
When you eat what you want, the joy you get from it in an inviting environment will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied. By providing this experience to yourself, you will know that you require only the right amount of food to decide if you have enough food.
To honour your dignity, you need to trust that you will give yourself the food you desire. Listen to the physical signals that tell you that you will no longer be hungry. Observe the signs that you are full. Pause between meals and ask yourself what the food tastes like and your current appetite level.
First of all, acknowledge that eating for comfort can lead to a loss of control. Anxiety, loneliness, anger, and rage are emotions we all experience throughout our lives. Everyone has ups and downs. Find kind ways to comfort, nurture, engage, and resolve your issues.
Food will not cure any of these feelings. It can be comforting in the short term, relieving pain or even numbing you. But food will not solve the problem. If anything, eating for emotional hunger can only make you feel bad in the long run. You will eventually have to deal with emotions.
Accept your genetic profile. Just as a person with size 8 shoes would not expect to fit into size 6, it is just as useless (and painful) to expect the same about body size. But most of all, respect your body so you can feel better about yourself. It’s hard to dismiss the food mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical of your body shape or form. All shapes and sizes deserve dignity.
Forget the militant exercise. Just be active and feel the difference. Instead of the calorie-burning effects of exercise, focus on how your body moves. Concentrate on how you feel when you feel motivated while working out can make a difference in getting out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm.
Choose foods that improve your health and taste buds to make you feel good. Remember that you don’t have to eat nourishing foods to stay healthy. The odd snack or meal will not make you suddenly deficient or unhealthy. It is vital that you eat regularly over time: development, not perfection, matters.