Is intuitive eating healthy?

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Yes. Lindo Bacon’s groundbreaking work in their Health at Every Size research proved that those who eat in a flexible, individualized way based on internal hunger and satiety cues, keeping in mind nutritional needs and pleasure, have better health outcomes than those who eat in a regulated, restricted way focused on weight control. 

TeriSue Smith and Steven R. Hawks’ research in 2006 showed us that those scoring high in intuitive eating indicators ate a more diverse diet and had lower body mass. Furthermore, there was no association between intuitive eating and the amount of “junk food” eaten in the diet. Intuitive eaters were not eating an unbalanced diet and they were enjoying their food more. 

Additional reading (that you probs won’t want to do): Intuitive Eating Studies

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