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The Limits of ‘Intuitive’ Eating

People hate counting and cutting calories. That unsurprising fact is behind the rise of ‘‘intuitive’’ eating, an approach that de-emphasizes dieting in favor of attending to bodily signals, like feelings of hunger and, more important, fullness. Despite an outpouring of related books and seminars, and the advocacy of some obesity specialists, intuitive eating — referred to by some as ‘‘mindful’’ eating — has not been subject to much independent scientific investigation. A recent study, however, offers one of the first head-to-head comparisons of the effectiveness of calorie restriction and intuitive eating. ….[READ]

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