London Centre for Intuitive Eating (LCIE) founder Laura Thomas, PhD is on a mission to empower women to phase out fad diets, fitness trackers and meticulous calorie counting, which can lead to disordered eating, lower self-esteem, and yo-yo weight fluctuations. Instead, Laura and her team at LCIE are supporting women to have a more positive and harmonious relationship with food and their bodies in 2022.
As we head into the New Year with diet trends and weight-loss resolutions at the forefront of many women’s minds, Laura, who is celebrating the recent opening of LCIE’s new London premises, wants people to rally against the exhausting diet culture which teaches that disordered eating is the norm and women are not ‘good enough’ as they are.
Intuitive Eating is a science-backed concept which promotes self-compassion and acceptance, equipping women with simple tools and techniques for a trusting, happy, and healthy relationship with food, by rejecting diet mentality and understanding the body’s hunger cues.
Known for her no-nonsense straight-talking approach, and author of two books on Intuitive Eating, Laura helps clients who are tired of obsessing about their bodies to transform their relationship with food, and in turn spend more time doing things they are passionate about.
Laura said: “The global market for weight loss products and services is estimated to be worth $254.9 billion in 2021; that number is set to rise to $377.3 billion by 2026.
“This number doesn’t account for the loss of precious time, energy and headspace we sacrifice in the pursuit of impossible body ideals. Not to mention the toll it takes on our sense of self.
“Instead of jumping on and off the dieting bandwagon, Intuitive Eating offers us a framework for obliterating the bandwagon altogether and finding a more peaceful relationship with food and our bodies.”
Laura’s approach draws heavily on nutritional and behavioural science and psychology, as well as her own experiences with food. Through her books, podcast, and 1-to-1 clinical practice, she has helped thousands of women transform their relationship with food and is regarded as one of the leaders in the Intuitive Eating community, amassing a strong social following and releasing two books ‘Just Eat It’ and ‘How to Just Eat It’.