Back when I studied nutrition at university, I’m embarrassed to say I believed the whole mantra that ‘moderation’ was the answer to a healthy diet.
Then I discovered the work of Darya Rose PhD.
I was immediately drawn to Darya’s scientific approach to all things nutrition.
And her evidence-based stance that diets do more harm than good.
I especially loved that she questioned the whole ‘moderation’ approach.
It was a real eye-opener for me…
As Darya writes…
“The problem with moderation is that it’s a fantasy, not a strategy.
Your brain has no idea how to picture what moderation means, so has trouble acting on it.
Behavioral research has repeatedly shown that the more specific an action is, the more likely you are to actually do it.
And it’s hard to get any less specific than “moderation.”
So what’s the alternative?
Get. Really. Specific.
And focus your energy on changing your habits.
Figure out exactly what you are going to change. Then decide on a new habit that will work for you.
For example if you’re trying to eat Low Carb and you normally love to have a big bowl of rice with your stir fry, choose an alternative.
For me I add more veggies to my stir fry to replace the bulk. Then I add a handful of nuts to make sure it’s going to have enough fat to satisfy.
There are always options.
It’s all about having a clear plan.
What do you think?
Is moderation working for you? Or are you ready to abandon the fantasy…
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Have fun in the kitchen!
ps. And if you want the recipe for the Chocolate Chip Cookies pictured above it’s over here (and pre-dates my love of Low Carb eating!). Try using moderation with them ;)