Have you been fooled into thinking you can eat anything you want if it's in moderation? I have a beef with this food industry created slogan giving us free reign to eat whatever we want and assuming we can still stay fit and healthy. The idea isn't bad, it just doesn't work. How many people do you know, eat just one cookie and are completely satisfied? If this worked, then over 60% of Americans wouldn't be categorized as overweight or obese.
The old belief, that you just need to balance calories in vs. calories out is out dated. Your body is affected differently with everything you put in it. The hormone insulin is released every time sugar enters your blood stream, whether it's sugar that came from a cookie or sugar that comes from your morning bagel. If you ate all sweets in moderation every time there was a birthday party in your family or at work you would be setting yourself up for weight gain. I am a prime example of why "eat everything in moderation" doesn't work for everybody. I have the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which creates inflammation, an unbalanced immune system that is attacking my thyroid, digestive issues and other hormonal issues. If I just ate less and enjoyed "everything in moderation" and exercised I should be able to lose weight, right? WRONG! Anyone with an autoimmune or thyroid issue gets this! It is well known that gluten, grains and dairy can be troublesome for someone with an autoimmune disease and a "moderate" amount of pasta can put you into a month-long flare complete with headaches, weight gain, joint pain, constipation and fatigue. Another reason I don't believe in eat everything in moderation is that some people are addicted to refined carbohydrates and sugar and this sets them up for a vicious cycle of binge eating followed by feelings of shame when they gain weight. Have you tried eating everything in moderation and have tried every exercise program in the book and you still gain weight? It may be time to try something new. If you feel you need some help with what steps to take to get healthy and stay healthy, contact me to set up a free consultation to see if health coaching is right for you.