Moderation is not a definable term. How much is too little moderation? When is moderation too much? How would you define moderation when it comes to weighing loss? In all honesty, when we’re talking about a long term lifestyle adjustment, the term moderation just doesn’t make any sense. We might as well be setting ourselves up for failure!
Is moderation in weight loss what we should be preaching to our community? Have you seen the latest obesity statistics for South Africa?
A couple of months ago I decided to give the low carb high-fat lifestyle a go. No sugar. No carb.
The number 1 reason why it has taken me such a long time to give it a try, was because of the thought of making this no-carb-no-sugar diet a lifestyle – in other words, something I could sustain in the long run – sounded absurd. How can anyone in their right mind, possibly live without a slice of bread, pasta or the occasional (moderation) chocolate treat? Surely it couldn’t possibly be something I could sustain.
And yet here I am two and a half months later. I have transitioned from a low-fat high carb diet to a low carb high fat/banting lifestyle.
Black or white? Let me explain, I use to be a smoker. I stopped nearly 5 years ago. I had to exhale my last breath of polluted air. gave away all my cigarettes and vowed to never have another drag. Not even a simple puff. Now I know never is a very long time. But the fact remains – FIVE years ago I stopped an addictive habit. The more I think about it, the more I realized – it is easier to stop an addictive habit. Any habit for that matter, than to try and practice the art of moderation.
Black and white kinda girl.
I have managed to sustain the Banting lifestyle for nearly two and a half months. I am seeing the results, I am feeling the results. And let me tell you, it feels good! But let me tell you what feels even better…
I no longer feel like a failure because my every attempt at losing weight and becoming healthy is a FAILURE. Finally, I feel like I can do it. I am capable of reaching my weight-loss goals. I am not a failure. No more guilt. No more shame. I don’t have that feeling like I don’t deserve to be happy and healthy. I am strong. Capable. Disciplined. I have self-control. I am doing it, I am reaching my goals!
Perhaps a black and white approach to things isn’t a bad thing? Being able to define something, makes it a lot easier to stick to it.