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Moderation -- Your Key to Success

The ability to lose weight overnight would be a fantastic super power. Unfortunately, healthy weight loss is a gradual process. If you have a long history of dieting off and on, or losing weight and gaining it back, you may be a diet extremist. The key to diet success and a healthy lifestyle can be found in practicing moderation, rather than resorting to extreme measures.

The Jenny Craig program promotes a lifestyle change. There are no quick fixes here--we want you to succeed today, tomorrow and always. Diet success lies in moderation. Think moderately with your weight loss efforts, just as you would your lifestyle.

You can moderate your thoughts by practicing the following:

● Challenge extreme thinking. You don’t have to eliminate entire food groups, hit the gym every day, or avoid dining out altogether to reach your weight loss goals. There are practical solutions for every potential lapse or risky weight loss situation. Choosing a low-fat dessert, walking between meetings or errands, or splitting a restaurant entree, are all ways to challenge extreme diet behavior.

● Focus on creating reasonable goals. When it comes to setting goals, be realistic. Your life will never be perfectly balanced, and unrealistic goals cannot be maintained over the long run. Some days you’ll eat more healthfully; other days you’ll be more active. And some days you’ll manage life’s little crises better than others. But that’s okay -- it’s about progress, not perfection.

● Prevent binges. As a diet extremist, you may have developed a habit of dieting strictly, breaking the restrictive diet and overeating, then beginning again. Deprivation often leads to an extreme desire to do (or eat) whatever it is that is off limits. A better way is to move toward moderation. Also, help prevent binges by taking care of yourself physically and emotionally.

If you’ve struggled with on-again, off-again diets and weight fluctuations, then practicing moderate thinking may be the key to your weight loss success. Practicing moderation in diet and lifestyle can lead to the development of healthy habits as well, which are needed for maintenance and long-term success.