I have always had a problem with moderation. “Everything in moderation” is another way of saying “a little bit of everything” and “a little bit of everything” sounds like a whole lot. This is the biggest reason that dieters find themselves hitting plateaus and never seeing real results. They take some of everything in moderation.
I recently had a client who came to me and claimed he was ready to lose weight. He wanted to look the way he did back when he was a real lady’s man. Long story short, he did not lose very much weight at all. Meanwhile, he swore he did just about everything right. He just took little breaks every once in a while. He would have a chocolate bar maybe once a week. Not bad. He would have a bowl of ice cream every once in a while. He would also enjoy a pitcher of beer but only on the weekends. See the trend?
He may not have been having any of these things very often at all, but when combined, those high-calorie indulgences were keeping him from losing weight. So what do you do? Understandably letting go of your favorite foods is difficult, so you have two options if you want to lose weight. If you are not in any rush to lose the weight, have ONE anti-weight loss meal once a week. Call it your cheat meal of the week. The second option is for the strong-minded. Drop all of the high-calorie foods that are keeping you from your goals and once you have reached your goal, ease a couple of them back into your diet on occasion. So be sure to only have some things in moderation and hit the rest of your meal plan hard. You cannot make your body go back to looking the way it used to without changing the habits that got you to where you are now.
-Harold Castedo Certified Personal Trainer at Fitness Together South Miami.
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