A Magical Diet – Moderation

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"One swears by whole meal bread, one by sour milk; vegetarianism is the only road to salvation of some, others insist not only on vegetables alone, but on eating those raw. At one time the only thing that mattered was calories; at another time they are crazy about vitamins or about roughage.

The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don’t worry." ~ Robert Hutchison

Robert Hutchison’s quote comes from a medical journal in 1932 and often appears in current research journals as a reminder of some absolute truths about dieting. I think he makes it pretty clear, eat in moderation and don’t buy the hype.

Fad Diets

There are tons and tons of fad diets out there. For example, the Atkins Diet starts with eating lots of proteins and avoiding carbs. The problem is you miss out on fiber. Almost each and every diet out there wants you to limit one food group and focus on another. The problem with this approach is that you limit essential vitamins and nutrients associated with that food group. Unfortunately, the weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that spends millions upon millions of dollars trying to get you hooked into a flawed system that simply doesn’t work. It is strange, that the easiest, and least expensive diet isn’t being followed – moderation

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In all seriousness, eating in moderation is the absolute best way to lose weight for most people. You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that eating an entire batch of brownies is going to cause you to gain weight; however, eliminating brownies out of your diet altogether may cause you to overeat somewhere else.

Individuals who experience the most success are those that learn to balance portion sizes and learn to embrace the benefits of each and every food group, including the candy food group 😉 The goal of the moderation diet is to match how much energy you use each day to the amount of food you need to eat to replace that energy, and if you are trying to lose weight, eating a little less than the amount you need to replace that energy.

If you exercise each day, and you are a guy, you can eat “roughly” 3,500 calories while a women can probably eat anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 calories. These calories can come from any combination of foods you wish, just make sure you pick different things. It is really that simple.

 

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