Diet quality of adults using intuitive eating for weight loss - pilot study

Nutr Health. 2013 Jul-Oct;22(3-4):255-64. doi: 10.1177/0260106015601943. Epub 2015 Sep 23.


As the incidence of obesity and related disease steadily increases, researchers and medical practitioners are continuously examining new approaches to prevent and manage the epidemic. Intuitive eating (IE) is a new and innovative approach that uses an individual's response to internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite, and replaces calorie restriction (CR). CR is the standard approach for weight reduction. This study was a randomized controlled trial with two groups in which we accessed records of the dietary intake of obese adults using CR and IE to achieve weight loss. The participants were sedentary obese individuals with no history of chronic diseases. They engaged in physical activity three times per week for 30 min and recorded their daily food intake in a food diary. Instructions were given for CR and IE at the start and midpoint of the study. The duration of the study was six weeks. Weight and waist circumference were measured, and body mass index (BMI) calculated. The CR group's total weight loss was significantly (p = 0.03) lower than that of the IE group. The CR group had consistent weight loss throughout the study, while the IE group's weight loss was significantly less at the endpoint compared to the midpoint. CR is a superior approach to weight management than IE.

Keywords: Intuitive eating; body mass index; calorie restriction; obesity; waist circumference; weight loss.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index
  • Caloric Restriction / psychology
  • Diet Records
  • Diet*
  • Eating / psychology*
  • Energy Intake
  • Food Quality*
  • Humans
  • Hunger / physiology
  • Incidence
  • Linear Models
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity
  • Nutritionists
  • Obesity / diet therapy
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Satiation / physiology
  • Waist Circumference
  • Weight Loss*
  • Young Adult