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The Doctors on Learning Your Hunger Cues
The Doctors on Learning Your Hunger Cues: Obsessing over calories is not always the best way to lose weight and eat right. Get these tips from The Doctors and lose weight by learning your body's hunger cues.
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Quit obsessing over calories, forget the get-thin-quick plans, and when you want a chocolate chip cookie, have it (without guilt).

Becoming more attuned to your bodyís hunger and fullness signals, also known as intuitive eating, is a strategy that works, science suggests. Research published in Public Health Nutrition found that women who scored high on the intuitive-eating scale had significantly lower body mass index. Some tips:

Donít deny. If you deny yourself food to the point of becoming famished, good intentions not to overeat fly out the window. Respond to the first signs of hunger, but make sure youíre eating for physical need, not as a fix for anxiety, loneliness or boredom.

Recognize fullness. Your body will send signals when youíre satisfied. To tune into them, put down your utensils occasionally and ask yourself how the food tastes. If itís not as good as when you dug in, you could be done, or close to it.

Allow ďforbiddenĒ foods. You know what happens when you tell yourself you canít or really shouldnít have that dessert, right? You crave it that much more; and if you give in, youíll probably overindulge, maybe go back for seconds and then feel guilty for ďbeing bad.Ē Overall, you want to choose nutritious foods, but you donít have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. Give yourself permission to eat that treat and savor each bite ó itíll probably take fewer bites to feel satisfied.

Accept your gene-given shape. Just like you canít expect to shove your size 8 feet into size 6 shoes, according to dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, authors of Intuitive Eating, you have to be realistic about what a healthy body weight is for you.

Get active. Donít worry about how many calories youíre burning or making sure you exercise for a specific amount of time. Find your motivation to work out by focusing on the effects ó how much more energy you have or simply how good it feels to move your body.

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