Weight gain doesn't make you a diet failure

3 Steps to Making Peace With Weight Gain

Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A.

The intuitive eating process brings about a lot of change, some of which can be downright terrifying. Enter: weight gain.

It should be noted that weight gain is a possible side effect of making peace with food, but it isn’t necessarily inevitable. Some people lose weight on their intuitive eating journey, others maintain, and still others gain. Which camp you will eventually fall into is really anyone’s best guess, but making peace with weight gain – or any bodily changes – during this process is a huge part of body acceptance and truly embracing the intuitive eating model. This can be a really difficult process though due to the fatphobic world we live in, and some people avoid intuitive eating altogether just due to the FEAR of weight gain. It’s time to step in and assuage that fear… everyone deserves to seek out food peace, and making peace with weight gain can open that door. Ahead, my top three strategies:

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You must read this interview with the one and only, Dr. Linda Bacon!

Health at Every Size and Body Respect—a Discussion with Dr. Linda Bacon

By Erica Leon, MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD
Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

 Originally published in Mom Dishes it Out
With the ever-present discussion of the “childhood obesity epidemic,” I asked Dr. Linda Bacon[i], an internationally recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight, and health metabolism, to describe exactly how best to approach weight concerns among parents and practitioners alike. Dr. Bacon proposes a major paradigm shift from conventional weight management practices to what is now referred to as “Health at Every Size.”
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It’s January — time for ads about  new weight loss programs and products. We even have the release of a new TV show — My Diet is Better Than Yours!

Just last week, the government released its 8th Edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

 

Government Releases the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 
These guidelines are the result of a large body of evidence which shows that healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity can help people achieve and maintain good health and reduce the risk of chronic disease throughout all stages of the lifespan. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reflects this evidence. See graphic below:

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Created by Erica Leon, Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Specialist, Marcia Meislin, Author, The Goodbye Cookie: A Memoir About Never Giving Up and Michelle McGahan, Project Manager of The Goodbye Cookie
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all be mindful of what we put into our bodies and how each food tastes and feels? To be able to discern, in the moment, whether we’ve had enough and are satisfied? To respect our bodies, including our personal genetic blueprint?

These are some of the principles behind “Intuitive Eating,” a method described in the book of the same title authored by Registered Dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. At its core, the Intuitive Eating approach believes that each person is the expert over her body as she learns to trust herself and develop a healthy relationship with food. This means saying “goodbye” to food police, negative self-judgments, shaming and “shoulds”; and saying “hello” to honoring hunger, registering fullness cues, and finding new ways to comfort oneself without food.

But is intuitive eating right for everyBODY?

The following discussion took place between Marcia Meislin, author of The Goodbye Cookie, a memoir on binge-eating disorder, and her nutritionist, Erica Leon, a Certified Intuitive Eating specialist. It was conducted by Michelle McGahan, Project Manager of The Goodbye Cookie.

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