We are two months into the new year, and if you made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier and lose weight, now might be a good time to check on your progress. If you find that you have fallen back on old habits, don't be alarmed. About 45 million people in the United States go on a diet each year, with weight loss being the primary goal.
And for those who are struggling in that department, consider the Intuitive Eating Diet, which encourages people to eat what they want, with no rules about what to eat, how much of it, or when. Essentially, there is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” food.
Researchers have found that in the first week or two, new adherents of this diet sometimes binge on the things they had always tried to skip. But the vast majority then quickly habituate to burgers or donuts and then crave the variety and nutrition represented by the “healthy” foods they once used as punishment.