The 7 Secrets to Dealing with Weight Gain When You Eat Intuitively


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Weight gain when you begin your intuitive eating journey can feel like one of the most heartbreaking things that ever happens to you in life.

It feels suffocating.

It feels like your body is betraying you.

It makes you want to go back to dieting RIGHT AWAY.

What about all the promises of losing weight when you start to eat intuitively? You’ve heard them say it: they’ve lost all those pounds when they started to eat more mindfully. Why does it not work for you? You should be losing weight now that you’re not dieting anymore. You shouldn’t be gaining weight. This can’t be happening, no?

The question of what to do when weight gain occurs but you are committed to not going back to chronic dieting is one of the most common questions I receive.

After all, losing weight is ALWAYS a good thing and gaining weight?

It should be BANNED. It’s NEVER EVER good. No, no. NO.

Obviously, I’m being sarcastic, but this is what we think, this is what we are deathly afraid of, isn’t it?

What is going to happen when the weight gain continues? What if it never stops? What if you can’t control yourself anymore at all? How will you deal? How will you cope?

Your entire emotional system runs haywire, doesn’t it? Everything is on alarm and altert and you don’t know what to do to settle yourself back down.

Well, there are ways for you to calm down, to breathe and to begin to heal your very active dieting mind and handle the weight gain that has occurred like a superstar. Because in the end, it’s not as HORRENDOUS O.M.G. EVERYTHING IS BEING DESTROYED AND I WON’T BE ABLE TO LIVE LIKE THIS as it feels like in this moment.

In this podcast episode, Deb and I share our 7 secrets to not freaking out because your body hung on to some weight.

Ask yourself: are you using the intuitive eating approach as another diet?
If you’re just trying to lose weight, you are still very much trapped in the diet mentality.

Your weight shifts all day every day and your body is reorganizing all the time.
By wanting your body to stay at a certain weight, you are hindering her in her necessary work.

Do not weigh yourself while you are going through this change.
No scale. Ever.

Don’t restrict.
You are in between lives. Use this time to explore, to have fun with food and to experiment with what FEELS good for you.

Handle the “clothing thing” with grace and strategy.
When you gain weight, your clothes can turn into a problem really quick for many reasons. After all, it’s convenient to have clothes in your closet that fit you, isn’t it? It’s inconvenient however to have to go shopping. Listen to our tips to change your mindset around this “issue” that can be solved in super fun ways.

Don’t use intuitive eating as a permission to eat allll day long.
Committing to a life without diets doesn’t mean that you need to eat everything all the time. Nooo, this isn’t the reason to walk this path. Instead, this is about regaining your LIFE. And yes, food is an awesome part of that, but it’s not the only part.

Don’t punish yourself for “overeating”.
Whatever you do, do not punish, do not restrict, do not go into the blame game.

Remember: You are NOT a failure for gaining weight!

Check out Deb’s blog “We are more than good enough” here.

Love and light,

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