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Moderation in All Things

How to Avoid the Diet Blues

-- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert
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The Payoff: By refusing to be a perfectionist, you can take most of the stress out of weight loss. You’ll see small problems as what they are—very small problems, not major calamities that mean you've blown it. You'll be able to find pleasure and satisfaction in the fact you’re learning as you go and doing a little better all the time. No more making things worse because your perfectionism caused you to write off the rest of the day or week after one little slip.

There are many more ways practicing moderation can help you both with weight loss and with creating your healthy lifestyle. Be sure to check out the new Wellness Resource Center for additional ideas on how to balance your life and meet all of your needs.
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Dean Anderson has master's degrees in human services (behavioral psychology/stress management) and liberal studies. His interest in healthy living began at the age of 50 when he confronted his own morbid obesity and health issues. He joined SparkPeople and lost 150 pounds and regained his health. Dean has earned a personal training certification from ACE and received training as a lifestyle and weight management consultant. See all of Dean's articles.

Member Comments

  • 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. - 3/13/2014 3:51:43 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. - 3/11/2014 5:38:16 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. - 2/5/2014 4:03:10 PM
  • 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. - 12/25/2013 1:04:21 PM
  • 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. - 10/31/2013 7:45:30 PM
    i really liked this article. it is actually very difficult to give up favorite foods but yes we should try hard. - 10/16/2013 7:26:17 PM
  • 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. - 7/24/2013 7:00:53 AM
    I do agree with you on that. Moderation with everything is the key to a good diet plan. However, it sometimes takes a lot of self discipline to stop eating. I know this from experience. It is a good thing that Prescopodene helped me address this concern apart from boosting my metabolism. I'm so happy with the 15kgs I lost that I recommended this to my friend. :) - 6/21/2013 10:42:27 PM
  • FITNESS386
    Eating everything in moderation is definitely the downfall. Trigger foods will nonetheless trigger people to gain weight because most people will not know when to stop. - 6/4/2013 5:44:13 PM
  • LOVE this article. I have taken some of the quotes and put up for visual encouragements. REFUSE TO BE A PERFECTONIST - 2/21/2013 4:30:36 PM
  • I'm not sure why but I am very easily swayed ...... if it's almost lunch and I'm undecided what I'm going to eat...... and the next commercial is pizza..... I want that! it the one following that is burger king.......hmmmmm
    mm well maybe that? - 1/12/2013 10:50:51 PM
  • I agree with the idea that when one thinks of "diet" it is usually something someone does for a short time and then quits. However, diet should really be thought of as what one eats. If I choose to eat according to the SAD way of eating, but only do so in moderation, will that free me from the health consequence of eating food-like substances?

    To say that refined sugar is not bad, causes me to wonder who is in Spark People's back pocket. It would be my guess that we will start seeing ads for Crystal sugar soon. I think too much emphasis is placed on the macronutrients and not enough on the micronutrients.

    According to this article I an eat:
    Breakfast: 1 donut instead of 3
    12 ounces of soda instead of 24
    regular-size chicken nuggets and french fries instead of the upgrade
    2 slices of Pizza instead of the whole pie

    As long as I eat in moderation, everything (my weight and health) should be fine. Hmmmmmph!

    es_whi_report.html - 10/22/2012 12:27:14 PM
  • I haven't read all the comments, but I've seen some, and I already agree with people like GRACEMCDOG, ALYSSADANNIELE, and HAZYSKIES. Some foods, particularly things with added sugars and wheat, are incredibly addicting for me and detrimental to my health as well. Cutting them out COMPLETELY is the best thing I can do for my health. - 10/19/2012 10:33:29 AM
  • 'Moderation - a commitment to balance and wholeness'. My partner stresses to me frequently that my plan for better health should be I will make it a lifetime process not a means to an dieting,etc. This article was really good. I am an 'all or nothing' type of person who needs to change my thinking. - 10/3/2012 2:39:16 PM
  • I didn't read all the comments so I don't know if I am repeating someone else's post but I want to give a shout out to my mentor, the king of moderation, Reinhard Engels, the author of the No S Diet. He tried to get the publisher to allow him to call it the No S Lifestyle because it is REALLY not a diet. I know lots of plans claim that but his is the closest, I''d say. But the publisher said no, there's just too much money in diet books. His never became a bestseller and he didn't expect it because he did not promise fast weight loss, nor ease, nor lack of hunger, etc. No introductory phases. Just guidelines tested by whole cultures, thin cultures, guidelines for consistent moderate eating year in and year out. And moderate goals, too, not stick thin skinniness. I'm still working on implementing the fitness part but the eating part is still going strong. - 8/12/2012 11:56:46 PM