May 31, 2018
Hawkes calls his diet "intuitive nutrition" and is genuinely convinced that in the US they can lose weight if they stop considering diets and begin to pay more attention to themselves and whether they are really hungry. The professor says that, surrounding himself with a huge amount of harmful food, he loses the craving for these products as something forbidden and desired.
"Diet without diet" requires strict adherence to only one rule: eat only when you are hungry. Do not eat chocolate when you are in sadness and want to please yourself with sweets. Do not take a huge dish of fajitos in a restaurant just because everyone else took it.
"One of the advantages of intuitive nutrition is that you always consume foods that you really like. .. If you have a physical need to eat, you accept it. And the desire to eat is coming to naught. If I limited myself, it would be much more difficult to restrain myself. "
Own weight loss Hawks is engaged since 1989, when he wanted to change jobs and leave the University of North Carolina in Utah, his native staff. But a fat man, weighing about 100 kg, hardly has the moral right to educate students on the topic of healthy eating, he thought. And he started counting calories. He managed to lose weight, and he moved to work at the University of Utah. Alas, as soon as the goal was achieved, Hawks again began to grow fat rapidly.
For several years, using various methods, he periodically lost weight, then again gained weight."You, of course, lose weight during a diet, but you are doomed to withstand enormous pressure from your own body," recalls the professor.
And so, after a few years, once again gaining excess weight, Hawks decided to come up with something new, change his lifestyle. He no longer feels guilty, eating chips. Because he stopped eating when he was not hungry.
A simple rule helped him to gradually reduce weight, and colleagues began to notice it. His assistant Steven Peck, also obese, was one of the first."We are both very heavy, and it was difficult to ignore.- he remembers.- In the beginning, I was extremely skeptical about the idea that you can eat anything while you like. It sounds very funny. "
After 11 months, when Peck lost 16 kg, he became an ardent supporter of "intuitive nutrition".Now he notes that this diet is inherent in an important point, not peculiar to others: the built-in mechanism of "self-apology"."When you break another diet, you feel guilt all the time, and up to two weeks you just need to enter the rhythm again. But everything is simpler here. "
Hawkes, who now heads its own National Institute of Intuitive Nutrition, says the diet only helps in part. Its main merit is that it leads to a healthier lifestyle.
Professor holds the following analogy: diets are like extinguishing a fire, and intuitive nutrition is a strategic management.
In a small study published in the American Journal of Health Education, Hawkes and his colleagues examined a number of students at their institute, and found that the apologists of "intuitive nutrition" usually not only weigh less, but also less risk of getting cardiac diseases.