Moderation, Not Deprivation!
Changing your eating habits starts with changing your mindset. Easier said than done, right? But slight changes to the way you think can go a long way. A cookie is just a cookie to some, but to others it’s a “bad” food. Instead of banishing “bad” foods from your diet, give yourself permission to enjoy them in limited amounts. Your diet will not be suffer if you indulge in your favorite higher-calorie/sugar/fat foods from time to time. You don’t have to resort to extremes to see results. Remember the mantra: moderation not deprivation!
When you label a food as “bad”, here’s what can happen...
- You try to avoid it entirely.
- Your urges for that food are at an ultimate high, because you deprived yourself.
- So you “cave in” and indulge and think “I already blew it...I might as well eat the whole thing!”
- This leaves you feeling guilty and ashamed.
- Those feelings can cause further overeating. What a vicious cycle!
To avoid a major food binge and diet-lapse snowball, live in the middle with your food choices.
Don’t think in all-or-nothing terms when it comes to weight loss -- think progress and moderation. If you focus on labeling foods as “good” or “bad,” you won’t be building healthy, sustainable habits. Practicing moderation will help you see results and adopt a new, healthy mindset. Win-win!