Trendy diets are a dime a dozen, but when we heard about a nutrition philosophy that’s billed as an “anti-diet” diet, our interest was piqued.
It’s called intuitive eating. Here’s what you need to know about this refreshingly realistic and doable approach to food.
On a very basic level, intuitive eating is the idea that you should eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full. Sound simple? It is. Instead of relying on complicated calorie counting or labeling entire food groups as off-limits, intuitive eating is about knowing how your body feels and works in relation to what you’re putting into it. Its goal, instead of weight loss, is for you to stop thinking about food in negative, restrictive terms.
Yes, you should still eat a balanced, nutritious diet, but proponents of intuitive eating posit that once you get in tune with what your body needs, you’ll gravitate toward those nutrient dense foods (with the occasional unhealthy indulgence).