I had fallen off the wagon and was having a hard time getting back on so it's a real motivation for me.
I'm excited to give it a try and I will be blogging as I go so please wish me luck! :)
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18,746 7/10/11 1:08 P
I've read a couple of books on intuitive eating. Geneen Roth recently wrote a book called Women, Food and God. She's a proponent of intuitive eating. The other author is Tribole. Her book called Intuitive Eating has been around for many years and many people have benefited from it.
However, I will say that intuitive eating is a very difficult concept for a person to wrap their brain around. Especially someone who's used to "dieting". It means learning your body's signals. I might mean getting off a schedule. If you're used to eating lunch at 1pm, intuitive eating will tell you to listen to your body and eat at 11am. Does it work ? It can work, but it isn't easy.
Is counting calories any easier ? In some ways, logging your food will give you more structure and stability. At some point, I'd like to think that we all learn to listen to our bodies signals and eat when we need to eat. However, I do believe that at first, a person should think about logging their calories so that they do learn about portion control, moderation and nutrition.
The problem with intuitive eating (as I see it) is that you have to know when to stop and some people just never get to that point. That's why logging becomes an important tool to help a person learn portion control and moderation.
Spark People isn't about deprivation. It really is all about moderation and portion control. You can eat any food you'd like as long as you are mindful of the portion. I've found that learning portion control was probably the single most important concept for helping me take the weight off and keep it off.
You could try Naturally Slim if your workplace is paying for it. But, if you find it's not your cup of tea, then give Spark People a try.
Keep in mind that there is no fast way to lose weight. Whether you do this Naturally Slim, Spark People, Weight Watchers, etc... weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. If this program says you lose weight fast, then you might be wary of the program.
I've found that if something seems to good to be true, then it is.
I agree with REDSHOES2011. In fact, you could get all the people at work on here and create a Sparkteam for everybody. You could make it a challenge, and it would be free - lay down some rules about updating your trackers, and things like that, and BAM... you have an office friendly program.
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7,159 7/9/11 11:42 P
Intuitive eating has got alot of people overweight on sparks.. Super for them whom can kid themself it works..
1. weigh and measure food- eyeballing stuff is dangerous especially if over hungry. 2. sparks have a meal generator people can use as a check list to make sure they get when and how that matters.. 3. log your food and exercise..
Eat what you want, well 95% of people on spark have done just that.. Sorry there are rules and True Thins have to be more careful not to be thin fat..
This program costs 399.00 and sparks is totally "free" and has online staff to back us up..
Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 7/9/2011 (23:43)
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1,021 7/9/11 9:43 P
I haven't done this program myself, but from what I've seen from the website, it sounds pretty reasonable and safe. They don't seem to be advocating anything extreme - it looks like an "intuitive eating" type program. Frankly, "intuitive" programs have never worked for me personally, but there are plenty of folks around Spark who've had success, so it would probably be helpful.
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41 7/9/11 8:20 P
Has anyone heard of the program, my work place is going to be doing it and just wanted some feed back on it. Has anyone done this ???? If we go through it our insurance will be cheaper!!!!
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