Moderation, NOT Deprivation!
We are all familiar with the term “everything in moderation”, but we also need to understand the idea of deprivation. When it comes to our diets and eating habits, deprivation is usually linked to disordered eating habits and distorted views of food. Most fad diets today, are effective in initial weight loss, however, they do not tend to change or challenge our habits over the long-term, usually because of their deprivation approaches.
Understanding how to avoid deprivation and eat in moderation is really important. Everywhere you look now, we are being told been to eliminate a certain food or food group entirely, in order to lose weight. But depraving or eliminating certain food groups leave an emotional toll on us, but depriving yourself of the foods that you really enjoy or labelling foods as “good” and “bad” in order to lose weight can actually hinder your weight loss journey. Over time, restrictions lead to cravings, which cause binges and overeating, resulting in a complete sabotaging of your attempts to lose weight, and gain health.
Eating in moderation will keep us from overeating, especially when it comes to ‘forbidden’ foods. Eating in moderation will also help us create our own personal healthy eating behaviours. But most importantly, eating in moderation will prevent us from feeling deprived.
In our opinion, moderation is a common sense approach, when it comes to eating. When we prevent ourselves from having that one piece of chocolate that we think we shouldn’t have, it becomes the only thing we can think about, and want. We start to obsess about it, and ultimately give in, and eat it. But we don’t just stop at one piece, after long periods of deprivation, we are more likely to binge, and eat the entire chocolate bar!
Our advice, when it comes to eating is “moderation”. Try not label foods as “good” or “bad” foods. Rather, there are just some foods that you need to eat less often or in smaller amounts than others.
Here are two tips to help you eat in moderation:
- When choosing foods that are higher in calories, instead of removing it from your diet altogether, be aware of what makes a serving, and rather focus on portion control.
- Reduce your carbohydrate intake. This will help curve your cravings for the sweet stuff.
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Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss.
Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.