A Quick Guide to Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating is an alternative practice to traditional dieting. Contrary to strict dietary regiments, intuitive eating is based the idea that you, and only you, can decide on the best time and amount of food to eat. The basics of this philosophy is distinguishing the two types of hunger: physical and emotional. While physical hunger is your body’s natural response to indicate nourishment replenishment, emotional hunger is based on feelings (i.e., sadness, loneliness) and can be controlled. The bottom line is you should only eat when your body signals physical hunger.

    Key Takeaways:

  • Intuitive eating is a philosophy of eating that makes you the expert of your body and its hunger signals.
  • The idea is that you should eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.
  • Respond to your early signs of hunger by feeding your body. If you let yourself get excessively hungry, then you are likely to overeat.

“To eat intuitively, you may need to relearn how to trust your body. And to do that, you need to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger.”

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