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How to Leverage the Wisdom of Eating’s #1 Expert: You

A Holistic Approach to Eating in a Way that Works for You is Better Than Just Putting Yourself on a Diet

Our relationship with food depends on what our specific body needs, our cultural framework, and our own psyche. What works for each person turns out to be very personal. Diet advice usually ignores these complexities altogether. And typically ignores the world’s foremost expert on what works for you: you.

Here are three articles from writers who have done deep dives to discover what works for them — and they share techniques for finding more enlightened ways of eating that work better for the marvelous complexity that is you.

How to Eat According to Your Carb Tolerance

There’s no single solution for eating the right mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Here’s how to find your personal optimal mix to get fit and have great energy.

I’ve been studying how fat and carbohydrates affect the body every since I first learned about low-carb dieting over a decade ago. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and the popular media tends to swing wildly between advocating low-carb and low-fat diets. What I’ve learned is that the answer isn’t so simple — the right diet is different for different people. You have to eat according to your own body’s carbohydrate tolerance. Read more.

How to Use Mindfulness Meditation to Overcome Emotional Eating

Science confirms the surprising result of my mindfulness meditation practice — it can be a powerful tool for getting a more rational relationship with the food you eat

As a teenager, I struggled with bulimia. Not only did I eat to manage my emotional states, but I also binged and then tried to compensate for my dietary transgressions. I used food to suppress three negative emotions in particular: powerlessness, anxiety, and emptiness. So how did I finally break my emotional eating habits? With mindfulness meditation. Read more.

How To Leave Toxic Diet Culture Behind And Pursue Actual Health

The real data behind weight loss research points to a radically different approach to healthy living

I spent many years of my life trying to become thin, because I was promised that being thin was the key to happiness, health, and all my dreams coming true. I tried everything — fad diets, lifestyle changes, medically supervised diets, you name it — always with the same results. I lost weight short-term, but then I’d gain it back, often gaining back more than I’d lost.

I studied research methods and statistical analysis in college, but I hadn’t researched any of the diets that I had been on. I decided to start with research.

What I learned was so shocking that I went back through all the studies, thinking I must have missed something or misunderstood. But I hadn’t.

There was not a single study where more than a tiny fraction of people were successful at losing a significant amount of weight long term.

Furthermore, I learned that weight loss wasn’t even a predictor of health. Read more.