Listen to your body”
“if you’re hungry, just eat!”
This is some real BS.
It’s advice dished out by someone who has a) probably never struggled with their own weight and b) probably never worked with people who struggle with their weight.
For me, eating intuitively would mean smashing about six handfuls of grated cheese in my gob when I get home from work and I’m starving.
Intuitively, I’m drawn towards cheese, not kale.
Listening to my hunger cues would mean I’d be ravaging the pack of Grain Waves I know are in the cupboard RIGHT NOW.
If I always ate when I’m hungry, I’d be fat as f**k.
Luckily, I know to ignore this poncey advice.
I have calories that I aim for over the course of a week and a protein goal for each day.
I have RULES and GUIDELINES….not intuition and listening to my hunger signals.
The point is, most people who want/need to lose weight SHOULD NOT be eating intuitively.
People who struggle with their weight have probably lost touch with their bodies ‘signals’ a lonnnnng time ago.
Years of crash dieting and binge eating completely scrambles any sense of ‘normal’ feelings of hunger and fullness.
Combine that with the fact that most people are unsure about sensible portion sizes or how to eyeball calorie estimates, and you can probably see how eating intuitively would not end well for most people.
Successful weight loss comes with specific rules and actionable guidelines that the individual can repeat over and over again.
Advice like “eat when you’re hungry” and “listen to your body” will (for most people) inevitably lead to confusion, frustration and failure.