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The Pros and Cons of Intuitive Eating

The Pros and Cons of Intuitive Eating

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Pros of intuitive eating

Pros of intuitive eating

  • It acknowledges that you are an individual. The food we need is unique, and there is little chance that the latest gimmicky diet is going to be the perfect fit for your body.
  • It leaves room for your needs to change over time. What our bodies want and need at age 18 is different from age 68, and may even differ from week to week.
  • You will focus on being attuned to your body and how foods make you feel. .
  • You will eat when you are hungry, which makes it easier to commit to. 
  • It acknowledges that some bodies benefit from certain foods, while they are not healthy for others.
  • Intuitive eating may help you maintain a healthier weight long-term.
  • It defines “success” as progress over time. 

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Cons of intuitive eating

  • It can take time to tune into your body and get the balance right. Sensing whether you are full or hungry requires tuning into your body’s signals; this can be very difficult for some people.
  • Engineered foods can fool our bodies into thinking we are hungry when we are not.
  • If you want to lose weight, you will need to include physical activity. Research shows that intuitive eating is good for maintaining your current weight, but intuitive eating alone probably won’t help you lose weight unless you pair it with an exercise regimen.
  • Some people simply prefer more structure. Intuitive eating may feel too open-ended.

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Intuitive eating & prioritizing recommended nutrients

Having a good understanding of your overall nutrition needs can support intuitive eating.

If you begin to eat intuitively, be sure that over time your dietary pattern includes plenty of nutrient-dense foods from all of the food groups, as well as any special nutrients that are particularly beneficial at your stage in life.

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Research shows that intuitive eating has some long-term benefits for most people, but it may not be the perfect fit for you.

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