3 Reasons "Everything in Moderation" Might Not Be For You

By: Leez Kuznetsova

We’ve all heard it and said it one too many times before — EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. So I decided to apply this rule to my 30 day challenge — eat sugar in moderation. But not even two weeks in, I quickly stumbled into some roadblocks aka 3 reasons “everything in moderation” might not work for everyone (myself included). In fact, it might be the very thing that’s keeping some of us from reaching our goals.

1) MODERATION IS TOO SUBJECTIVE TO BE EFFECTIVE — according to the trusted dictionary, “moderation” is defined as the avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one's behavior or political opinions. The only problem with that definition is that my “extreme” may be different from Calley’s, Ginger’s or even my own from day to day. For example, at the beginning of my challenge, I gave into a tablespoon of honey when I was craving sugar, convinced I was practicing moderation at its finest. However, by the end of the challenge, a few slices of pumpkin bread, a festive Halloween office donut, handful of candy corn, cookies, cupcakes, and even ice cream also made their way into the “justified as moderation” folder. Need I say more?!

2) MODERATION LEADS TO NEW HABIT FORMATION — because moderation is so subjective and easy to bend and mold in your favor, it can make it easy for new bad habits to creep up. In my case, it all started when I decided to bake some pumpkin bread. Tis the season right?! The first time, I didn’t have a slice, the second time I gave in and before I knew it, I was making and having pumpkin bread on multiple occasions during the month.

3) MODERATION DOESN’T WORK FOR EVERYONE — everyone is wired differently. So just because your friend can have the willpower to eat one cookie or not eat her feelings in mint chocolate chip ice cream when watching her favorite show doesn’t mean you can.

So instead of comparing yourself to your friend or bending the definition of moderation when you’re at your weakest — try the opposite like not giving in at all or strictly defining your parameters. In other words, if you’re trying to cut back on sugar, define what that looks like when you’re not in the middle of a major sugar craving. If it’s only having one dessert twice a month, then pick two days you’ll be indulging this month and avoid adding additional temptation (like having sugar at the house or in my case ingredients to make pumpkin bread) to your already difficult decision.

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