The Health and Fitness blog has an article about Intuitive Eating, or eating whatever you want when you are hungry, but not eating anything if you are not hungry.
One pays attention to hunger pangs, eats whatever they want and stops eating when full. The proponent of intuitive eating, Steven Hawks, surrounds himself with an overabundance of unhealthy foods and eats whatever he wants when he is actually hungry. The plan forbids emotional eating and eating when you are not hungry. Hawks says: “Whenever you feel the physical urge to eat something, accept it and eat it.
My guess is that true intuitive eaters, i.e., those with the special knack to listen to their body and to instinctively eat only what they need are a small slice of the population and probably already enjoying a healthy weight.
I have to agree with their conclusion. Most people, Americans especially, probably have little concept of when they are actually full. I do disagree with their ongoing theory that all you need to do to lose weight is to eat less than you burn, since losing weight and keeping weight off are two different animals; losing weight and being healthy are two other different animals.
I think that if you want to lose weight, exercise more and eat healthier. Your body will take care of itself as long as you give it the right tools and don’t abuse it (too much).