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Moderation in All Things

How to Avoid the Diet Blues


3/30/2015 6:38:52 AM

TINA8605's SparkPage
I met a couple of girls at the gym last week. They asked me what program I was using when I was doing the circuit training. I explained it was just the weights I needed on the weight machines but told them about SP. As we were discussing the whole "diet" thing. I explained how I used to weigh 287 lbs. Now 171. They asked how I did it. They commented on how I am now obsessed. What they don't realize is the lifestyle I live now IS in moderation! I eat every thing I desire, drink whenever I want. But!!! I also have a mindset when watching food commercials of what the fat content is in that burger, how many carbs is really in that latte. I have chosen to live a healthier lifestyle, make smarter choices, and be more active. I've been like this for 14 years. This is what works for where are my car keys....I need a taco bell taco please!
2/22/2015 9:37:04 AM

I developed an eating disorder and gained a massive amount of weight after engaging in restrictive diets. Recovery from my eating disorder has meant giving up diets and the restrictive black and white mentality that surrounds dieting. I have lost 80 lbs so far, very, very, slowly without restrictions, without eliminating so-called 'trigger' foods. Dieting is a proven predictor of weight GAIN, not loss. If there was one thing I would stress is that you should NEVER engage in restrictive diets. They will probably lead to weight GAIN and can trigger serious eating disorders. No one wants to hear that though. The imaginary dieting bullet has a stronger pull on people than research and science.
12/2/2014 12:03:10 PM

NEREA_72's SparkPage
I have tried the 'moderation' rule, but honestly, it doesn't work for me. Take chocolate, or chips: if I stick to just a little portion, I feel worse than if I give them up altogether. I haven't eaten chocolate for weeks but it's not so dramatic. I could never go with just a spoonful of Nutella a day, it makes me crave for the whole jar, if I know I have one in my cupboard. So I simply delete them from my diet. Things are easier when it comes to different kinds of "food temptations", like my number one weakness, pizza: I stick to one pizza a week, no more than that. I can't get distracted by the 'it's just the last small portion I'm having' train of thought: one pizza is one pizza, not a bag of small pizza bits.
11/17/2014 8:07:50 AM

I don't believe in 'all foods in moderation' because there are foods that are just plain horrible for your health.

Refined sugar isn't evil or bad? WTH? Actually yes it is and the less of it you eat the healthier you will be.

This journey isn't just about losing or maintaining weight for me. It's about being healthy and in order to be healthy things like soda pop and sugary candy can't be eaten moderately.

Think about it this way. Smoking a moderate amount of cigarettes is better than smoking 2 packs a day but isn't it even better not to smoke any at all?
10/9/2014 2:00:35 PM

FREGGIE's SparkPage
I really really really liked this article about 'moderation vs elimination'.
For me it is true that I cannot do 'moderation' and believe me, I have tried. I can eat veggies and fruit in moderation. But things like chocolate and ice cream: sorry no, cannot do it. By now I think I will be much better off cutting that 'food' out.
9/11/2014 10:09:46 AM

SPARKFRAN514's SparkPage
great tips getting me back on the hike to good health and not weight loss is the answer .
8/24/2014 9:45:29 AM

Great article!
7/22/2014 10:16:38 AM

SOFT_VAL67's SparkPage
I have friends who go on "diets", then they talk about how tempted they are to have pie or cake or pizza or beer or whatever, so I tell them, go on, and have it, only dont eat the whole pie, dont eat the whole box of ice cream and dont drink the whole case of beer.
the craving we think we are having for a food, is really only our minds trying to trick us.
we just have to play along, and give into the craving, but keep in mind, once you have had a bite or two, or one beer, usually, for most people, you have satisified that need.
its no different than a smoker who is using the patches or the ecigs to quit smoking.
they are still getting what they need, until eventually they dont need it anymore.
same with food, if you just have to have a candy bar, have one of the small ones and eat it in slow, small bites, trick your mind into thinking you have eaten the whole bar.
3/13/2014 3:51:43 PM

about the same percentage of people who attempt to eat everything in moderation also will gain weight back. This proves that making a lifestyle change is difficult no matter what path you follow.
3/11/2014 5:38:16 PM

Having lost 100 pounds, I'm more convinced than ever that this is true. Tonight I plan on going out for dinner for my husband's birthday and I may have a dessert. I haven't had one for a long time, and I'm going to enjoy it, and tomorrow when I wake up I will go right back to my regular habits. The all-or-nothing mindset just does not work for most people.
2/5/2014 4:03:10 PM

It sounds great, but sugar and grain turn to glucose. I for one cannot eat sugar in moderation. I tried for 30 years. Only after eliminating grain and sugar have I controlled my binge eating.

I may be an exception but effective weight control depends a great deal on learning what is right for your own body.
12/25/2013 1:04:21 PM

GONNALOSE5's SparkPage
I do not buy candy bars, I buy Herseys Kisses instead, for some reason I am better at managing that than a candy bar. I also do not buy 6-packs of yogurt. For me, buy a bar of candy, eat a bar of candy, no matter how small or big. The same problem with yogurt, buy a 6 pack,...: -( I spend more money the way do it, but I know these are my down falls, oddly I am not that fond of chocolate.
10/31/2013 7:45:30 PM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
On Friday and Saturday I have a problem on eating the right things. That's at night. Not alot but just to take the edge off.
10/16/2013 7:26:17 PM

i really liked this article. it is actually very difficult to give up favorite foods but yes we should try hard.
7/24/2013 7:00:53 AM

TOPFORM1's SparkPage
For a sugar addict, it's next to impossible to eat a moderate amount of sugar. It's the equivalent of telling an alcoholic to stop after one drink.

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