10 Principles to Successful Intuitive Eating

gut1Warning! Dieting is bad for your weight and your health!

Sad but true. Even with diet ad over-kill, most people are awakening to the fact that diets simply do not work.

Dieting not only does not work, it actually increases your body’s propensity for weight gain and is a likely contributing factor to the obesity epidemic. Scientists even have a name for it: “dieting-induced weight-gain”.

The truth of the matter is that dieting actually enforces our preoccupation with food causing us to eat even when we are not experiencing real hunger which ultimately results in binge eating. [Read more…]

Avoid “Skinny Fat Syndrome”

fad dietsOne of the biggest problems associated with crash diets is the issue with “skinny fat syndrome”.

Skinny fat syndrome occurs when someone is relatively thin overall but the go this way by burning up  lean muscle mass rather than losing body fat. In other words, they have dieted away their lean muscle tissue and have kept fat mass right in place.

For example:

An individual stands at 150 pounds with 45 pounds of body fat. This would mean that they are 30% fat total.

They decide to diet and lose 30 pounds and want to lose weight as fast as humanly possible so they begin cutting calories across the board never paying attention to nutrition.

In the end they lose 30 pounds, however in the process, they’ve actually lost 5 pounds of body fat and 25 pounds of muscle mass. Not exactly the perfect weight loss results, but they’ve lost those 30 pounds and they’re feeling pretty proud of their new lower number on the scale. [Read more…]