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Can Weight Loss and Intuitive Eating Coexist? with Alma Simmons – The Fed and Fearless Podcast Episode 103

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There are controversial topics in the world of nutrition. Today, we’ll be diving headfirst into one of them. I’m joined by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Alma Simmons to discuss if there is a place for intuitive eating when it comes to weight loss.

 

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About Alma Simmons

Alma is a bilingual Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Inspired Soul Nutrition LLC. She has over 12 years of professional experience and has counseled hundreds of patients and clients in the fields of maternal and infant health, lactation, and chronic disease management. Alma has also taught many nutrition and healthy lifestyle courses in both languages English and Spanish.

Alma’s mission is to empower women over 40 to transform their overall health through lifestyle nutrition. In her private practice, she teaches her clients how to master flexible nutrition and lifestyle so they can end the cycles of chronic dieting and lose weight without deprivation. As a result, they are able to live a nourished, healthy and vibrant life.

Knowing When Losing Weight Matters

There are a lot of different body sizes out there. We can be healthy with many of these. Unfortunately, our culture has some harmful ideas about what a “proper” body size should be, especially for women. 

That being said, there is research to indicate that there is a certain point when too much body fat becomes unhealthy. For many people, losing some of this fat will result in metabolic improvements. 

Alma and I discuss how to help people lose unhealthy levels of fat in a physically and emotionally healthy way. That means getting out of the cycle of dieting and finding sustainable ways to eat healthily.

 

Preparing People to Live Healthy Lives

Alma shares how she helps people avoid getting stuck in diet cycles. A lot of it comes down to education. When we understand the basic principles of nutrition, we can take better ownership of what we eat. 

This gets to the root of healthy eating. We talk about how to make informed food choices. This can be hard when so much unhealthy food is readily available. 

Alma explains that there are severe limitations to using intuitive eating for weight loss. However, some of its principles, when thoughtfully applied, foster a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss, in turn, comes as a result of a healthy lifestyle.

What principles of intuitive eating do you think support a healthy lifestyle? Do you feel that there are benefits to losing a degree of body fat? Leave a comment below! 

 

Got a question you’d love to hear me answer on the show? Leave me a voice message here!

 

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Alma’s unconventional path into nutrition [5:15]
  • Why some rifts exist between nutritionists [10:20]
  • The impacts of having an excessive amount of body fat [16:50]
  • Helping people lose weight by teaching them the principles of nutrition [28:10]
  • How chronic diseases and diet culture can vary by population [31:30]
  • Considering the impact our health choices have on the larger community [40:40]

 

QUOTES

“You can actually lose weight sustainably using a balanced lifestyle approach. You are a product of your habits.” [15:46]

“I really want to teach you how to honor and respect your body. We can then go from there and follow the process on what it truly takes if you want to improve your health and lose weight in a sustainable manner.” [27:59]

“I think we’re basing it all on appearance and not on true health and lifestyle and not considering how physical and mental health is just as important too.”  [40:24]

 

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