How to Eat in Moderation (And Still Lose Weight)
Have you ever seen a beer commercial before?
If so, then I’m sure you’ve heard about the whole “drink in moderation” thing.
The cool thing is that you can actually eat junk food in moderation as well and still get results!
The question is: how do you go about eating your favorite foods in moderation so that it doesn’t hinder your progress?
Well, luckily, that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you in today’s post. Let’s dive in.
What is Moderation Anyway?
So when you hear the phrase eat/drink in moderation, what do you think of? Probably just drinking enough to where you don’t get completely plastered on the weekends, right?
But in all seriousness, moderation really is a subjective term that’ll have different meanings to different people. For example, eating in moderation is going to look a lot different for a 6’ 8” NBA player compared to a 5’ 2” female.
Because the NBA player needs more calories than the female, so he’ll be eating more food. Thus, moderation doesn’t mean everyone eats the same amounts of food.
What are you allowed to eat when you eat in balance? Anything that your heart desires.
That’s the point of moderation. It allows you to enjoy amazing food while simultaneously being able to still burn fat. Eating in moderation wouldn’t be any fun if there were still certain foods that you’re forbidden to eat.
Here’s the deal:
At the end of the day, moderation really comes down to you not stuffing yourself with whatever you want whenever you want. Some sacrifices will have to be made at times.
This means that you’ll either have to A) Eat smaller portions of your favorite foods or B) Eat them less often but in larger amounts.
Regardless of what you choose, you’re much better off than what most people do which is eat what they want, when they want, and in the amount that they want.
How to Implement Eating in Moderation
So how do you eat in moderation without it killing your progress? Well I hate to say this, but it’s something that’s going to vary from person to person.
There aren’t any set rules for how someone should eat in moderation.
With that being said, here are some tips you can use to find out what solution works best for you.
-Fill up on “clean” foods first.
By eating foods like chicken, potatoes, rice, and broccoli first in the meal, you’ll fill yourself up faster leaving less room for things like chips and ice cream. Imagine how many more potato chips you would eat if you ate them at the start of your meal.
Yeah, I don’t even want to know!
-Use smaller portions.
Look, you can eat a small bowl of ice cream (200-300 calories) and still make progress while satisfying your sweet tooth. However, when it comes to foods like this, most people seem to go big or go home.
Is it really necessary for you to eat 500 calories of ice cream to satisfy your craving? Probably not, but if you really do need that much then use the next tip…
-Eat Your Favorite Foods Less Often.
Alright, so maybe you’re the type of person who needs to eat more of certain foods to really feel satisfied. If this is the case for you, then you’re going to have to eat your guilty pleasures less often.
1-2 times per week max depending on what portion sizes we’re talking about. You see, stuffing your face with pizza 5 times a week is going to make it tough to lose weight.
However, if you do it only every once in a while (moderation cough cough) then you’ll be fine.
Eating in Moderation Really Comes Down to This
In the end, what’s the best way to eat in moderation? Well, it should be based off your caloric needs.
For example, if you burn 2,000 calories a day, then simply eat in a way that allows you to eat less than 2,000 calories a day. If that means eating a Twinkie everyday to satisfy a sweet tooth, then do it.
The main thing that matters is that you’re eating less than 2,000 calories overall. As long as you do that, you really have free range to eat as you please.
Does this mean that you get to eat junk all of the time? No, not at all.
Here’s the deal:
If you tried eating empty calories all of the time, you’d find out fairly quick that it’s not going to work. You’ll be left hungry and low on energy, and being hungry isn’t a good feeling if you’re trying to lose weight.
That’s why ultimately you want to have a balance between the good and the so-called bad. This way you’ll get to enjoy the best of both worlds making fat loss a breeze.
The Bottom Line
Eating your favorite foods in moderation is a great way to add balance in your diet. You’ll still be able to lose weight, and you won’t have to feel guilty when you eat “unhealthy.”
Just make sure that you don’t overdo it because it’s easy for those calories to add up fast. Test it out and see what works best for you. You don’t have to eat clean 24/7 to burn fat.