By DietsInReview.com
Advertisement
Getty Images

Who hasn't lost weight only to gain it back and more? And what woman, regardless of age, hasn't been dissatisfied with her size and shape? Problematic eating behaviors and weight cycling (or yo-yo dieting) are the usual longterm end results of diet programs that focus on weight loss, and many experts think that weight cycling is more harmful than never losing weight at all.

Enter Lynn Rossy, a health psychologist from the University of Missouri, who set out to break a chain of weight cycling with her "Eat for Life" program. Rossy created a 10-week plan that integrates mindfulness and intuitive eating skills to produce a positive relationship with food and the body. Traditional weight-loss solutions rely on external cues such as prescribed diets, counting calories, and weight scales, whereas "intuitive eating" uses internal cues, including hunger and fullness, to guide eating behaviors. Mindfulness focuses on awareness, values clarification, and self-regulation. "Eat for Life encourages people to become more engaged with their internal body signals and not the numbers on the scale," Rossy claims.

Rossy evaluated the effectiveness of Eat for Life and published the results in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Her study asked if skills training in intuitive eating and mindfulness could help produce positive changes in food choices and body image. She conducted her research in the workplace on 128 women whose weights ranged from normal to morbidly obese and who had tried a lot of diet programs over the course of their lifetimes. To show change, Rossy measured before-and-after outcomes using tested self-report questionnaires. She found that, compared to women not in the program, participants reported fewer problematic eating behaviors such as bingeing, fasting, and purging.

Many employers offer worksite wellness programs to their employees to promote healthy lifestyles and cut the cost of health insurance; however, most employers offer traditional weight loss-focused interventions, unaware of their unintended consequences. New approaches like Eat for Life offer a viable alternative to employers and anyone wishing to break the diet-weight gain cycle.

By Mary Hartley, R.D., for DietsInReview.com

Comments (12)

Anonymous
April 9, 2019
Over the years I've tried many methods recommended by both my friends and family but none of them seemed to work out for me until I chanced upon this holy grail where I've lost almost 33 pounds in just 1 month trying it out! I can now fit in dresses two sizes down and receive many compliments from not only my lovely husband, but colleagues and girlfriends about how great I look right now! I'm here to share with you guys because I am really thankful and hope someone who also needs this can experience similar results as me! Here is the link to my holy grail method! https://bit.ly/2OUI7BW
Anonymous
April 9, 2019
27,293 people have lost 20 pounds or more eating all the foods they love. Find Out how In This Free Video: https://bit.ly/2OYgw2B
Anonymous
April 5, 2019
I tried every diet in the book in an effort to lose weight. My life consisted of lots of cardio and eating like a bird. Soon, I was totally burned out. I felt like a failure. When I finally put the puzzle together, within a short amount of time I was losing stubborn fat while building lean muscle. A new, improved version of me was emerging. Now in my mid-thirties, I’m in the best shape of my life. My story is here ==> https://bit.ly/mydietstory
Anonymous
March 23, 2019
The Secret to Losing Unwanted Weight Fast and Keeping It Off: https://bit.ly/2pRzPPy
Anonymous
January 21, 2019
hey this is an extreme rapid weight loss system that can help you lose up to 16 pounds of pure body fat in just 2 weeks! watch this video here: => the2weekdietnow.com
Anonymous
November 20, 2018
This controversial method can make you lean fast: https://bit.ly/2DmMBxk
Anonymous
November 3, 2018
hey i found a rapid weight loss program that can help you lose up to 23 pounds of pure body fat in just 3 weeks!!! watch this video here -> 3weeksdiets.net
Anonymous
October 27, 2018
Did you know there’s a “deep detox” you can do first thing in the morning to burn more fat? you can burn 1.2lbs daily and It only takes 13-seconds! watch this video : flatbelydetox.net
Anonymous
October 5, 2018
Lost 41 pounds and 4 dress sizes. I am in the best shape of my life. Wish I had seen this amazing video earlier: https://bit.ly/2xZoIIy
Anonymous
July 24, 2018
My life is totally transformed after I followed this diet. https://bit.ly/2safCoC Have Lost 27 pounds in last 1 month and feeling great about myself.
Anonymous
July 15, 2018
Few years before losing weight is a dream for me, after I started using Brian’s weight loss product reducing weight is not a difficult for me, I understand one thing if we follow the right procedure and diet, reducing weight is not a difficult for anyone. I had followed all the step by step instruction only couple of weeks and I reduce more than 16 kg in few weeks without any hard exercise or medicine. There are thousands of people struggling to lose weight but they don’t know the right procedure to do it, you can try the same method which I used to keep the body healthy , stylish and fit, Watch the video here: http://weightlossin3weeks.com
Anonymous
July 7, 2018
Did you know there’s a “deep detox” you can do first thing in the morning to burn more fat? And the good news is It only takes 13-seconds! Here it is: https://bit.ly/2x45lQy