Sunday, April 6, 2008

3 Tactics to Prevent Overeating

3 Tactics to Prevent Overeating
Click on the link above to access this WebMD weight loss clinic feature article by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD.

This is a great article demonstrating arguments for and against the "out of sight, out of mind" approach to highly craved foods that may lead to weight gain. I agree with the summary that one-size-does-NOT-fit-all when it comes to healthfully managing weight. Yet, I am a true believer of breaking free from chronic dieting and learning how to get in touch with true hunger signals. I do not believe in deprivation and making lists of "good" and "bad" foods. This method causes us to measure our worth based on how "good" or "bad" we ate in a day, week, month, etc. It also leads to the psychological mind games of weighing oneself on the scale and becoming a slave to the magical three-digit number that pops up. It is better to eat in a sound manner, have a healthy relationship with ALL foods, and get regular physical activity vs. measure our worth based on how well we are following a diet plan and what the number on the scale says.

Just my two cents. And there will be more coming from me on this wonderful topic, with information on concepts including Intuitive Eating, a book by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD & Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA; http://www.inuitiveeating.org/; or Appetite Awareness Training, as outlined in a book by Linda W. Craighead, PhD.

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