Why Intuitive Eating Wouldn't Work for Me

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peaceful_pen...

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Posted: 23 Aug 2013, 10:22
I hear my friends on the web talking about how bad calorie counting is for your mental health ALL THE TIME. I'm pretty sick of it. I've been on this website for a month and the only change in me has been asking my mom if she'll weigh my potato at dinner (mmm... potatoes...<3 ).
I realized this morning why intuitive eating wouldn't work for me to maintain my weight. I was fixing my chocolate/peanut butter oatmeal (it's healthier than it sounds! )and there were some apples on the counter, sitting there, looking delicious. I grabbed one and cut it up. While waiting for the oats to cool I ate the apple and felt full. Not so full that I couldn't eat any more, but I was satisfied, like they say you should be with intuitive eating. I ate the oats anyway to fuel my run, but had I not been counting calories I probably wouldn't have.
I'm never hungry. I eat when it's time to eat, which I know is wrong, but it's the only way I can keep from losing weight. I wouldn't be confident at a lower weight. And I can't stop running or yoga. They're a part of me, a really good part.
So what's wrong with me? This lifestyle works for me, is that bad? I'm happier this year since I've cleaned up my diet than I've ever been. This is what feels good. Very Happy
Thanks for your time. Smile
onedaat

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Posted: 23 Aug 2013, 12:24
You're losing weight and feeling great doing what you're doing, so I'm not sure what your question is? Why do you think something is wrong with you? People are different, if you can eat a high carb diet and feel good then say your blessings because carbs are definitely delicious. For many people it doesn't work that way. That doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you or wrong with them, people are different and have different bio-chemistry.

tl;dr: Go forth and yoga
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peaceful_pen...

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Posted: 23 Aug 2013, 12:46
I just really am at a good, healthy weight and I don't want to lose any more.
I'm saying counting calories has not messed up my mental health in any way. I don't deprive myself of anything I want and I don't think that people should try to make other people feel bad for wanting to know the calories in their food.
If intuitive eating works for you, that's great. It's a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain. If counting calories works for me and doesn't bug me, I don't see why people should make me feel bad about it. It's a healthy, maintainable lifestyle.
eKatherine

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Posted: 23 Aug 2013, 20:10
I think if intuitive eating came all that naturally to those of us on this site, we would have been doing it all along.
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 23 Aug 2013, 21:24
Yeppers... so true. And we wouldn't be here either.



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kingkeld

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Posted: 23 Aug 2013, 23:57
I actually like registering what I eat. I like tracking my intake.

I have a purpose for it.

I want to know my numbers because I want to make sure I eat enough, I want to make sure that I don't eat TOO much, and I want to make sure that I get enough fat, protein, etc.

Sure, it would be nice to "just" eat as one is supposed to. But the fact is that when I did that, I ended up weighing 360 lbs.

Why would I do that, when it clearly didn't work for me?

Of course, I have changed a lot since I was that guy. I have lost my excess weight, and I'm maintaining my weight now, but I made it this far simply by registering my food, and sticking to my plan.

I see absolutely no reason to NOT know what I eat.
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, and living healthy. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier!
peaceful_pen...

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Posted: 24 Aug 2013, 08:13
I like knowing what I eat as well. If I didn't like it, I wouldn't do it. Life is too short to do things that make you miserable.
kingkeld, your weight loss is incredible! 73 kg! great job!
eKatherine, 63 lbs is also fantastic! Smile
Have a healthy and happy day everyone!
kingkeld

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Posted: 24 Aug 2013, 09:06
Thank you, Peaceful. I appreciate it. It's actually 80 kgs, but I took the liberty to put on some muscle afterwards. Wink
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, and living healthy. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier!
FullaBella

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Posted: 24 Aug 2013, 11:00
Well, I can certainly understand why it may not work for you because you're already very slim and active. As you commented, it's important for you to keep your caloric intake higher than your intuition seems to drive you to eat naturally. There are times, even at my weight and higher, I didn't feel hungry either but my blood sugar would get out of whack so I'd eat when not hungry too.

But as I began recording my food diary I'd find seeing that RDI number would encourage me to eat 'more' ... ala... 'well, I have 500 cals left today ... what should I eat' and that messed with me getting a handle on true hunger versus eating for a convenience or rule.

I finally got a handle on my hunger and for the most of the time, blood sugar, so I no longer record my food but intuitively I DO keep a calorie count in my subconscious and when I'm feeling a little weak I think 'hmmm.. are you under a recommended caloric intake for the day... ' It's a mixed bag of staying healthy.

Good for you for not letting yourself get underweight; it can be an easy thing to do when you have all exercise going on.


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
peaceful_pen...

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Posted: 24 Aug 2013, 14:41
FullaBella, Thank you for the compliments Smile
Maybe when I get confident to trust my body's natural hunger again I will stop calorie counting. It's not getting in my way or bothering me for now, so I consider it to be working. Smile
Usually my family warns me when I start to look too slim lol. Then I weigh and I realize I am getting a little low.
Thank you for your input



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