Discovering that we do not put people on diets leaves people confused sometimes. After all, diet culture is black and white, all or nothing, either you are dieting or between diets, so if we are not putting people on diets, what are we possibly doing with them?
Dieting, I explain, relies upon external factors to dictate one's eating. Those factors can be a calorie recommendation, a list of foods to eat and those to avoid, an app, a meal plan, a points system, pre-portioned food, etc. In contrast, a non-diet approach entails recognizing and honoring internal eating cues and prioritizing them to guide one's eating.
The term often used for this non-diet approach is "intuitive eating," and many of our patients and readers are working to become intuitive eaters, but are they doing intuitive eating wrong? Check out this month's He Said, She Said below to find out.