The No-Diet Diet

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., "The Eat-What-You-Love Diet," May/June 2012

No gimmicks, no pills. One expert explains how to eat what you love and lose weight without dieting.

Can eating intuitively help someone lose weight?

Well, first I want to say that research suggests that dieting doesn’t work—many studies have shown that even when dieters lose weight they often end up regaining what they lost, and sometimes even more. But a series of studies done in Italy that taught people to essentially eat intuitively found that people who needed to lose weight lost and those who didn’t need to lose maintained their weight eating this way. I’ve seen this in my patients too.

If they’re already at a healthy weight, then their weight stays in the healthy range, and if they need to lose, they naturally do. The problem is a lot of people still want to be thinner, even if they’re at a healthy weight.

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