Intuitive eating is the process of recovering internal cues, which includes eating in response to hunger and satiety versus responding solely to emotions and external rules. There are thousands of studies that have shown how intuitive eating helps people develop a healthier relationship with food resulting in improvements in blood pressure, lipids, weight loss, and cardiorespiratory fitness. In addition, intuitive eating has positive psychological benefits including decreased depression and anxiety, increased self-esteem, and improved body image.
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