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Moderation in All Things

How to Avoid the Diet Blues


  • This is one of those articles I want to save for future re-reading.

    Not because I didn't know all this before, but because it is so easy to forget - once you're caught in the weight-loss frenzy. - 6/3/2016 5:28:18 AM
  • I'm trying to eat small portions and eating slow, so I hope that it will help me. - 5/2/2016 1:33:50 AM
  • Wow....this really dovetails with where my head is right now. Thanks for this article. It helped me cement the idea that moderation is the best tactic to use and helped me understand why my thoughts turn the way they do to extremism. - 5/1/2016 11:47:11 AM
  • My problem with moderation is, once I have say, a Reese's miniature because Easter is a special occasion...that just sets me up for another one, and another. And then I'm eating lots of things that are high fat, or processed, etc. Some things just need to be "I don't eat that" like dairy. I don't consume dairy. Period. (it helps that I don't feel well after dairy ha!) but I also don't eat meat. I don't have meat in moderation, and I don't miss it. It simply isn't something that I eat anymore.

    Maybe my chocolate could be said to be "in moderation" as I have two squares (about 60 calories) of extra dark organic 85% chocolate every work day. To treat myself for staying in the ole cubicle, eh? Or my once a week popcorn with butter. ??? maybe that's moderation. But some things simply CAN'T be on my "okay in moderation" list. They'll just trigger me. Right? - 4/15/2016 4:41:35 PM
  • We can't look at it as a temporary "diet". Serious weight loss is a lifestyle change. you have to get smarter and make better choices to maintain the "new you." - 4/7/2016 4:02:28 PM
  • "The odds of winning by extreme dieting are less than 5%." I am a prime example of that. I tried weight watchers and looked great. I gained it back. I tried the Atkins diet and looked great. I gained it back. I even tried surgery and looked really great, but three weeks ago I weighed 240 pounds again. I hope this article sticks with me, and I stick with Spark People. But I am spending a lot of time sitting at the computer and studying Spark People. Does this taper off in time? Time will tell. - 3/17/2016 10:31:25 AM
  • Thank you! - 3/16/2016 8:12:27 AM
  • Awesome article - perhaps what I've been missing! thank you! - 3/7/2016 1:23:27 PM
  • I sooo needed this article today. I'm working late tonight and won't get to bed until 4 hours after my usual bedtime. That means an extra snack at least. It's also my rest day, so no working out to offset it. It's just one day though. What's one day versus the rest of my life, especially when I'm making a conscious choice and not just eating mindlessly. - 2/18/2016 9:37:25 AM
  • Good article. I have often said, "All things in moderation" however, when I am at school moderations sometimes falls by the wayside. Teaching is stressful. Lunchtime is hurried. Time goes out the window along with good intentions. - 2/4/2016 5:11:34 PM
    I eat on the little plates and and really obsess when I'm tracking my food to show me how much I'm putting in my body. It has really helped me a lot on see how much I used to eat and what I was eating. - 11/23/2015 8:42:00 AM
    I love the balanced approach encouraged in this article. I've maintained an 80-lb. weight loss for about five years now, but it was only when I decided to eat anything I wanted within reason (in the maintenance phase) that the deprivation which so often prompted my binge-eating in the past disappeared. I know now that I can always enjoy all kinds of treats - even the luscious candy bar pictured! - though within reason. I still have to track my food intake (and weigh and measure my food), but what a small price to pay to enjoy the best of all worlds :) - 10/15/2015 7:09:27 PM
  • MYSOTISBLUE53 this chapter is about changing our mindset and eating in moderation...etc heres the glitch for me.....i look at the pictures, click on a link, go to the next page, and what does each new page show me????? That lucious looking, coconut, creamy filled chocolate, mouth drooling, mind melting, diet busting, crazy making, salivation slobbering CANDY BAR!!!! Gimme a break......hhhmmmmm......gimme a break...break me off a piece of that beautuful candy bar......have you got my mind drift yet????? Cum on
    - 8/29/2015 9:39:39 AM
    ❤️ This article. I will refer to it often. - 8/21/2015 9:48:38 AM
  • 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! - 3/30/2015 6:38:52 AM

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