You've heard the saying "everything in moderation." The phrase drives me nuts! Actually, I think it’s B.S.!
Not only is it B.S., but it may actually impede on your health goals and stop you from making serious changes.
So today I give you...
3 reasons why 'Everything in Moderation' can impede on your health goals
1. There's no definition for moderation!
If I were to ask you how much a moderate amount is what would you say?
How much is a moderate amount of ice-cream? One cup, one bowl, eating it once a day, once a week, once per month, once a year?
When you look 'moderation' up in the dictionary, you'll learn the definition is an 'average amount' or 'not radical.'
Most people eat a 'moderate' amount of ice-cream, drink 'moderately,' eat a 'moderate' amount of meat and dairy, fast food, dessert etc. regularly.
All these foods add up though and then the totality of your diet isn't looking so good.
2. Eat a moderate diet, get a moderate amount of disease.
Would you be okay with a moderate amount of heart disease, or a moderate amount of diabetes? Or, would you rather not have these diseases at all?
For example, in regards to heart disease, Dr. Esselstyn says "in cholesterol lowering, moderation kills" (1).
If you eat the moderate American diet, make moderate changes, you´ll most likely get average, moderate results… heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
3. An unhealthy diet is like smoking cigarettes. You just need to quit.
You wouldn’t tell a smoker to cut back on smoking or to smoke moderately, you’d tell them to quit.
I'm going to be that person -- I’m telling you to quit the moderate, American diet. Don't use 'everything in moderation' to justify eating and drinking whatever you want.
You'll most likely get yourself into trouble that way and I don't want that to happen to you.
If there’s one thing I want you to remember from this article it’s...
'Everything in moderation' becomes an excuse to eat and drink whatever you want.
Instead of moderation, think of unhealthy foods as treats. Save treats for special occasions outside your house.
To help you put this information into use in your daily life, I want you to answer today’s question...
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What's your definition of moderation?
Put your answers in the comments section at the end of this article.
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1. Esselstyn, CB. In Cholesterol Lowering, Moderation Kills. Accessed online May 2014 at: http://www.heartattackproof.com/moderation_kills.htm