Do we have a thread like this already? I couldn't find one when I searched. Anywho, I found this beauty while perusing Instagram. Evelyn Tribole is on IG now and her posts are amazing!
It’s so exciting to see research continue to emerge about the various benefits associated with Intuitive Eating! There are over 90 studies to date, and I’m excited to share the results of a new study (citation at end). New Zealand researchers Carraca, Leong, & Horwath compared Intuitive Eating assessment scores in 1,435 women who were extrinsically motivated to exercise for weight control purposes, compared to intrinsically motivated women who exercised for non-weight-related reasons (think enjoyment, strength, mood, stamina etc.) The weight-focused group had an eating style that was less intuitive, with a lower reliance on hunger and satiety & likely more dependent on diet rules. They were also more likely to engage in emotional rather than physically driven eating. Notably, the women who exercised for non-weight related reasons were more connected to their bodies and had higher Intuitive Eating assessment scores. This study is consistent with a body of research, which shows that extrinsic motivation (such as goals based on appearance) tend to be associated with worse outcomes. For example, studies have shown an increased association between disordered eating and a focus on weight loss. (I have seen this connection, over and over again with my patients). The results from this study underscore the benefits of Intuitive Eating, which is a process based on your body autonomy. One of the keys is to look at the motivation behind your behaviors. I want to hear from you! How might the results of this study relate to your own life? Think about your intrinsic motivations for exercise (consider reasons like functionality—such as improved energy, mood, strength, fun, and stamina). For those of you who have already mastered this—what helped you let go of focusing on exercise for weight control and body appearance? Your real life experiences are so powerful and inspiring to others, please do share in the comments. Citation: Eliana V Carraça et al. Weight-Focused Physical Activity Is Associated With Poorer Eating Motivation Quality and Lower Intuitive Eating in Women. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2018 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/
I saw this posting on the Women’s Strength Coalition’s Instagram page, and it was too good not to share. It eloquently captured the classism surrounding food and diet anxieties, and being at home.
And here is the link to the original NYT article, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/parenting/coronavirus-kids-cooking.html Yes, it’s ok to eat the carbs, the mac and cheese, etc. It always is.
Good one! Diet and exercise tend to get very tangled. I was one of those people who for years only exercised to control my weight or change the way I looked. Why else would you do it? It has been a revelation to discover the answers.
I came across this blog today called " Diet Mindset and Exercise: Are you mixing the two?"
It's a really good read to bring awareness to tangling up diet mindset and exercise.
I don't think we do have a Great Blog Posts thread here. We need it! Good idea.
I love that post. It certainly reflects my experience. Dieting and exercising according to external rules for the sake of appearance or weight control produced worse results than eating intuitively. By intuitively, I mean TRULY eating according to my body's needs consistently over time. Not my first made-up, temporary, rebellious version of intuitive eating when I thought it meant to eat everything I'd denied myself, in large quantities, regardless of how it made me feel. If I'm listening to my body and eating to feel good, I don't experience the fallout created by rules and weight worries, things like strong cravings, food obsession, emotional eating, reactive overeating, "now's my chance" eating.
The harder I tried to control things, the more inconsistent I became. There'd be stretches where I was "on track" or "doing well" and then I'd crash and burn. I hate both of those terms for that very reason. Moderation works so much better.