Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
There are always a ton of diet threads floating around the boards, and one of the most popular answers is to eat everything “in moderation”. I feel like the definition of moderation is what accounts for many people’s diet success or failure, so I am curious to see what people really do when they eat unhealthy/high calorie things in moderation.
I’m talking about things like chips, ice cream, soda, chocolate, alcohol, fast food, etc., so to answer the poll you could think “I have ice cream….how often”
Post # 3
When I lost my nearly 90lbs I did moderation.
My trick though was once a week. I would eat really healthy all week and Saturdays were my freeby days. Only one meal but I had all week to look forward to one meal. I ate anything I wanted for that meal. T-bone steak seemed to be my go to meal for Saturdays lol. It helps keep you on track when you know you have one meal you can eat whatever you want every week, gives you something to look forward to food wise.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@kris325: that’s a good plan!
Post # 5
I think the other key to “in moderation” is portion sizes. You can eat junk food once a week, but if you eat a portion that’ more appropriate for 3 days, you won’t get very far.
I also voted once a week.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
We do the “once a week” rule…but we go crazy all day on saturday.
Post # 7
@MeiFrancis: i love ice cream and would eat it for every meal if possible. for me eating it “in moderation” means a couple times a month. For general stuff like “oils” or “sweets” I would say moderation for me would mean being restrained in portion but having it everyday. So not using 3 T of olive oil on my salad, but instead just 1. Not eating the whole avocado but instead a couple slices.
Post # 8
@MeiFrancis: I guess it would depend on the item? I guess I would do a cheat day once a week with a juicy steak.
But with fast food, maybe twice a month, if that.
Frozen yogurt – once a week
Ice cream – once a month
Chips – once a week
deep fried twinkies – once every 5 years? LOL
You get what I’m saying though?
Post # 9
I think it has more to do with portion sizes than frequency. Like, one spoonful of ice cream per day is still every day but doesn’t add up to much. I did weight watchers for a year and that helped me figure out moderation–you have a certain number of points you’re supposed to limit yourself to per day, and then have a weekly bank of extra points for splurges
Post # 10
For those of you that do cheat days, do you really eat EVERYTHING you want? Or does the guilt monster creep up at you and make you eat less?
I’m considering adopting a “cheat day” system. Right now, I allow myself 1-2 indulgences per week. Usually that’s delivery pizza on a weeknight, and my homemade cinnamon rolls on Sunday morning.
I guess what I’m saying is, you don’t really eat every single thing you want, right? Because… that would be a lot, for me. Like, A LOT.
Post # 11
@MeiFrancis: Good question! I guess when I say “in moderation” I mean definitely not on a daily basis… possibly weekly? And portion-wise I mean not going crazy.
Like if you want to lose weight but love pizza and chocolate, “in moderation” to me would be having a normally healthy diet, but treating yourself to some pizza once a week. Not eating a whole large by yourself, mind you. Maybe a chocolate bar or whatever once a week… or a small piece of chocolate per day.
Of course it ebbs and flows depending on the week. I’m a big supporter of not cutting anything out… just balancing what you eat and controling portion sizes (easier said than done).
I’d love to eat McD’s every day, but I restrict it to once a week so I don’t end up being 500 lbs.
Post # 12
@QueenOfSerendip: For those of you that do cheat days, do you really eat EVERYTHING you want?
Nope. We generally eat a little worse on the weekends (like our Saturday lunch McD’s after the gym and then we might make tacos for dinner which isn’t super healthy.. and have a drink or two)… but it definitely isn’t a stuff our faces with everything day at all. I’m with you.. if I really ate whatever I wanted, there would be problems hahaha.
Post # 13
FI and I eat pretty healthy during the week, but we like going out on weekends and this last weekend we had two deliciously bad for you meals plus drinks. Poor FI will lose weight during the week then pack it back on weekends. We’re trying to get away from the once a week thing so we can both feel a lil healthier about things on weekends.
Post # 14
@MeiFrancis: I like to think of its as the recommended serving size 1-2 times a week. I feel serving size is the thing that really gets people when it comes down to the cheat foods. I’ve lost about 100lbs so far and do serving sizes on the bad but dont really monitor my good intake of raw fruits and veggies into serving sizes or calories.
Post # 15
For me junk food ‘in moderation’ is maybe once a month and only 1-2 servings of it. Growing up it was just my mom and I and we never really ate dessert/junk unless we were just really craving it that day. Its not stuff that we just had around all the time so I have never been accustomed to having it around regularly. FI’s family eats dessert after EVERY meal and I notice that when I return home after visiting them for a couple of days (they live out of state) I crave sweets after every meal. Its SUCH a pain and annoying because I have never in my life had a habit like that and its so hard to stop! I feel like one of those animals in the experiements where you ring a bell and give them a treat, so then the bell is associated with the treat. After leaving his parents’ house its like every meal is associated with a sweet treat at the end, ugh.
In regard to other things, like red meat, I try to only eat that maybe once a week. I don’t care for salty food (I used to LOVE it) so chips and such are not really a part of my regular diet.
Post # 16
Once or twice a week. For me, weekends are my downfall, so I try to be really on top of my game during the week. This way I don’t feel bad if I slip up and indulge on the weekends.