“’Intuitive eating’ is like having sex without a condom and using the ‘pull & pray’ method of birth control.” – My colleague, Bryan Krahn
A couple of the things people say often to me during a conversation when speaking on nutrition are these:
“I eat healthily” and “I eat intuitively.”
This often correlates with the fact that said-person is too lazy to track their food, wondering why they aren’t losing fat, and trying to justify their behavior*.
*Justification of poor habits is a terrible behavioral issue and when you realize that, it opens the door to changing all the things you are doing wrong, and we know no one likes to be wrong.
“I eat healthily” is the worst of the two and here’s why.
Let’s say you are a 250lbs person who eats 10 cheeseburgers daily.
Eating “healthy” may mean cutting back from 10 cheeseburgers to 5 cheeseburgers.
That is a step in the right direction because of the number of calories you stop eating. It’s literally half the calories.
For me, a 170lbs human, if I ate 5 cheeseburgers daily, you can bet I’m putting on fat thus making it unhealthy for me to do.
Another example would be if I drank milk every day. As long as I keep my calories, it’s fine. There are no issues on digestive health and any other “woo” thing people like to claim.
If a person is lactose-intolerant and drinks milk every day, you can bet they’ll get sick.
What’s “healthy” for me is “unhealthy” for someone else.
If your goal is to lose fat, eating “healthy” isn’t restricting whole food groups or cutting out sugar (unless you’re the type to live off candy, then there’s a slight issue). In fact, that’s an unhealthy approach to eating which causes a disordered eating pattern *which can* (not always) result in an eating disorder.