by Amber Cherwak

I'm trying to find out what is the right diet for my body type to get the best results. Help!


Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

There is no "diet" that is specific to a certain body type. "Dieting" doesn't work, and we have the research to prove it. Research shows that dieting does NOT work for the following reasons: * Dieting is a form of short-term starvation * Decreased metabolic rate * Increased chances of gaining more weight than lost * Chronic dieting teaches body to retain more fat * Increased risk of premature death and heart disease * Headaches, menstrual irregularities, fatigue, dry skin and hair loss. Research has also shown that restricting food quantities and labeling foods as good or bad/healthy or unhealthy leads to overeating (bingeing) and less satisfaction. The most successful approach is one in which you listen to your body, have balance & variety and change your thinking to be geared away from weight loss and externals. With a Non-Diet Approach, you improve your relationship with food and your body which leads to significant improvements in your mental and physical health. As you let go of restrictions around food and allow yourself to eat freely, you will find that your body will tell you what it wants and needs. Sometimes it might be broccoli and sometimes chocolate. You will be more satisfied and not spend energy/time thinking or worrying about food all the time. Restricting is what is causing you to hate food and your body. Intuitive eating means you eat like a toddler-eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full and eat the foods that you want. I would suggest looking at the 10 principles of IE and starting to implement them. They are 1. Reject the diet mentality 2. Honor your hunger 3. Make peace with food 4. Challenge the food police 5. Feel your fullness 6. Discover the satisfaction factor 7. Cope with your emotions without food 8. Respect your body 9. Exercise-Feel the difference 10. Honor your health with gentle nutrition. Here are some things to focus when it comes to "healthy" eating: * There is no perfect way to eat or perfect food * Healthy Eating is having a healthy balance of foods and having a healthy relationship with food * It’s what you eat over time that matters * Choose Balance and Variety

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