What Does Eating in ‘Moderation’ Actually Mean?

Source: http://summertomato.com/wisdom-wednesday-moderation-is-for-suckers

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Moderation might be the most overused word in the entire nutrition universe.

I know, I know. You like the idea of not restricting yourself and being able to eat anything you want so long as it’s not “too much.”

It sounds healthy. Balanced. Sane.

You might have even mistaken some of my willpower bashing here at Summer Tomato as an endorsement of moderation. Something like, “Use a little willpower, but not too much.”

It sounds lovely. If only it actually helped you achieve your goals.

The problem with moderation is that it’s a fantasy, not a strategy.

Let’s say, for example, that I am Italian and really love pasta. This is very far from the truth, but bear with me.

Currently I eat pasta every day, but am about 30 lbs overweight and just got a warning from my doctor about rising blood pressure and triglycerides.

My doctor recommends cutting back on pasta, but I tell her there’s no way I could ever give it up. It’s part of my heritage and I can’t be happy without it.

She says that’s fine, but to try to eat it in moderation.

I go home, take a deep breath, and force myself to make a pot of brown rice for dinner tonight. I am able t…

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