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.

How can someone start eating intuitively?

A few questions to ask yourself are: Do you have rigid rules about food? Are you an emotional eater? Can you recognize hunger? Generally I find that hunger is a good place to start. If someone doesn’t know how to recognize when they’re hungry or full, it’s going to be hard to tackle the other principles, like ditching strict food rules. A lot of people are good at the extreme—“I’m going to pass out, I’m so hungry”—but they miss gentle hunger signs and as a result they get too hungry, which makes it easy to overeat. And often people don’t pay attention when they eat, so they eat well past the point of being satisfied.

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