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by Jessica Yu
Juice cleanses, low-carb and low-fat diets, cabbage diets,
raw diets, and calorie restrictions ; there are tons of diets that
you can choose from, many of which promise fast results and
instant weight loss. These diets are oftentimes dangerous, and
weight can be gained just as quickly as it was lost. If long term
lifestyle changes are not made, it is quite difficult to lose weight.
No one wants to be on a diet forever, so there is always a
constant struggle between the body and food.
Recently, there has been a new lifestyle plan that has been
gaining popularity. It is not a diet, but rather a permanent
change to eating habits. It’s called Intuitive Eating; a lifestyle
where you listen to your body’s needs. If you’re hungry, eat. If
you’re full, stop eating. There are no cheat days, calorie
restrictions, or foods you aren’t allowed to eat. This lifestyle is
aimed to help you become more in tune with your body, and in
time, help you find balance. Oftentimes, when we eat too fast we
miss our body’s signals of telling us that we are full, therefore
eating more than what is necessary. This is not a diet, and can
not help you lose weight quickly. However, adapting to this
lifestyle can make diets unnecessary and no longer needed in
Intuitive Eating seems pretty simple, and many people
believe that they are already doing this, but it is much harder
than it seems. Having the self control to stop eating when your
body is full takes time to develop, and establishing a healthy
relationship between your body and food is not easy to achieve.
The positive effects that it has had on a lot of people has
persuaded many others to join Intuitive Eating, creating a
wonderful community. For more information on Intuitive Eating
and where to start, visit http://intuitiveeatingcommunity.org/.