Intuitive Eating Review

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The book, ‘Intuitive Eating,’ was written by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. Evelyn Tribole is a dietician who has a practice in California and Elyse Resch has practiced as a nutritional therapist during twenty five years. The book, ‘Intuitive Eating,’ is based on ‘ten principles.’ Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch tell us that the ten principles that make up their concept of Intuitive Eating as explained in their book are as follows:

1. Reject the Diet Mentality.

2. Honor Your Hunger.

3. Make Peace with Food.

4. Follow the Food Police.

5. Respect Your Fullness.

6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor.

7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food.< ?p>

8. Respect Your Body.

9. Exercise…Feel the Difference.

10. Honor Your Health.

Ingredients

There are no ingredients; ‘Intuitive Eating,’ was conceived by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch and is explained in a book written by them, with the same name.

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In the book, ‘Intuitive Eating,’ the authors using the ten principles that they have conceived try to gently persuade those who have weight problems and wish to lose weight to change the fundamental relationship they have with food and diets. In the principle entitled, ‘Reject the Diet Mentality,’ they tell you to throw out diet books and magazine articles that give you false hope of permanently losing weight, quickly and easily. In the, ‘Make Peace with Your Food,’ principle they tell you that you should honor your food rather than fight your hunger. In the principle entitled, ‘Honor Your Feelings without Using Food,’ they tell you that rather than using food as a solution to feelings of anger or worry you should find the real source of this emotion and you can then go on to heal your relationship with food. In fact Intuitive Eating seems to be about taking a philosophical and spiritual approach to your eating habits.

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Advantages

  • The book, ‘Intuitive Eating,’ is available to order online.
  • There is an official site for Intuitive Eating.
  • The authors are diet experts.

Disadvantages

  • The authors do not provide us with much physical proof that following their ten principles will actually procure weight loss.
  • This softly holistic approach to weight loss is not suitable for everyone.
  • Some people just simply want to get on with their weight loss and do not want to deal with any possible emotional reasons for their weight gain.
  • This seems to us to be more of a series of psychological tricks than an actual weight loss aid.

Conclusion

Intuitive Eating,’ is certainly a book suitable for the spiritual soul who would like to take a holistic approach to their weight loss and who is prepared to accept that their genetic blueprint simply is such that they are just meant to be a certain shape or size. It is also suitable for those who have the time and motivation to perhaps seek a deeper emotional reason for their weight gain. This book is unlikely to do you any harm and you may enjoy reading it (especially if you found the 10 Principles above intriguing) but the Intuitive Eating concept is not going to be a good weight loss tool for the women who wants to lose weight quickly.

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    anti-intuitive eating

    I’m glad you wrote a list of pros and cons, because most only discuss the “pros” of this approach to eating.

    Well here is a big con:

    Intuitive eating can be extremely harmful!
    These authors are quacks. They have no evidence this results in weight loss, or doesn’t result in long-term, significant weight gain. They have no data whatsoever.
    They only have one of them, who lost 10 lbs. That is nothing. That is within a person’s normal weight range everyone has a range of about 10 lbs. 10 lbs. is meaningless.

    Here’s my data: I have gained 200 lbs. since starting “Intuitive Eating.” I dieted (which I agree is a problem) for roughly 14-15 years before starting to follow the guidelines in the Intuitive Eating Book. My weight had stabilized between 120-130 with dieting. Then it went up 200 lbs. over the next 19 years, as a direct result of the eating problems the authors’ terrible advice caused me.
    Basically, or inadvertently, the messsage is that not only do you forego normal eating (normal meal and snack times), you have to be hungry “enough” to eat, and not “too” full to stop. That is a HUGE problem: very dangerous “shoulds” to put on someone. It gives someone zero eating schedule at all, everything is based on when you feel hungry, meaning it could be any time. But you have to wait until you’re hungry enough to fit what the author’s describe (in just a vague word or two) what “hungry enough” feels like. Rather then encouraging someone to start eating at the first sign of hunger (which is much better advice, especially for long-time dieters good at tuning out hunger, and also for eating lighter foods lower on the food chain), these authors tell people to wait. Well, wait I did, til I felt “set,” (their word choice), a few seconds after which I would feel “starved.” I rapidly developed an eating disorder from this, because I felt afraid and guilty of eating “too soon”, i.e. either at meal times, or right when I got hungry! So by the time I was hungry enough to fit their word choice, I was famished, but afraid to eat sooner, because I was afraid I might not be doing it “right” and not lose weight. To this day, I TUNE OUT my hunger signals, fearing I’m eating too soon. So then, as now, I ate/eat when I’m very hungry, and then I’m craving foods high in sweets and fats, because I’m so famished. I wish I could break out of this cycle, but I can’t. It has been years. Their advice is insidious.

    Making matters worse, they encourage readers to stock up on foods we should “legalize.” And then when we are “set,” eat what we are craving. So when I am “set,” (and very hungry), I’m craving sweets and fats to restore my blood sugar, which is now crashing from waiting til I felt “set.” Then there were all my “forbidden foods” piled on top of the fridge (for 6 months, I had a giant stack of LU chocolate coated wafer cookies and Pirouettes.) When I was set, all I wanted to eat was those.
    This is the most unhealthy, irresponsible advice EVER.
    I’m sitting here right now, feeling very hungry, but have this sort of phobia/dread that I’m not “hungry enough.” It’s 11 pm, and I haven’t had dinner for this reason. I’ve only eaten once today. But to this day, I have a difficult time eating until feeling that sensation of “set.” So by the time I eat, I’ll probably be craving sweets. Not dinner. Now I attend a weekly group for people with eating disorders.

    If your intuition is to buy this book, my advice is:
    DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!

    A much better approaches are:
    1) Jean Antonello’s. Eat from a list of mostly nutritious (but well balanced, normal, non-”diet” foods: basically regular meal foods) at the first sign of hunger, stop when the food is no longer appealing, or

    2) Frances Berg and Ellyn Satter’s approach (they are both registered dietitians): eat from the five food groups (proteins, starches, fruit, vegs, dairy) at regularly scheduled meal and snack times, and stop when full/satisfied. There are no forbidden foods, but the idea is to fill up primarily on normal, nutritious meal foods, and enjoy household meals with others. Normal.eating.

    This advice normalizes one’s life, as well. A regular schedule. Eating with others. No timing issues regarding when others are hungry. It’s simple. I just wish i could do that, but I’m actually petrified to eat meals because of the Intuitive Eating advice to wait, wait, wait. It’s a phobia I hope to be able to get through some day.

    So regarding your comment that the Intuitive Eating book “is unlikely to do you any harm,” from my experience: it ABSOLUTELY can do harm. I am living proof of it, and I have met others online with similar experiences, including one of the author’s in-person clients! She paid for group counseling with the Intuitive Eating author, and has gained a lot of weight since. She said others in the group also had great difficulty following it. She invested a lot of time and money in this bad advice, and now is one of the most critical voices against the book on Amazon.com. Another woman online has written about HER hundreds-of-pounds weight gain thanks to this book’s philosophy.

    So please warn people this book is bad news. If it has worked for some, fine, but people should know it can cause real, long-term disruption to one’s eating habits, and move someone further AWAY from health and peace with food, than towards them, contrary to the authors’ claim.

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