What does it mean to eat in moderation?

Most dieters would have heard the phrase “eat in moderation.” However, moderation to some may be an indulgence to others. Here is what you need to know about eating in moderation.

What is moderation? – Moderation is defined as the avoidance of excess and most often refers to food like alcohol, deep-fried foods, processed and sugary foods. However, even overeating of so-called healthy food can have adverse side effects on your health and weight. Instead opt for balanced meals that are full of vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbs.

When consuming foods that are calorie dense, always count the quantity you are consuming. For example, look at consuming a maximum of two standard drinks a day with four alcohol-free days. Regarding sugar, an average adult should look at consuming no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day. When eating treats like candy, ice cream, and desserts, aim to indulge once or twice a week.

To consume foods in moderation use cup measures to measure out your cereals, rice, vegetables, and fruits. Measuring your food will also mean that you are consuming the right amounts of healthy foods to ensure that you are getting the right amount of nutrients.

When eating at a restaurant or at a family or friends home, start by filling your plate with fresh salads and vegetables before you serve your meats and starches. At a restaurant always ask the server if you can have the dressing or sauces on the side and if the meats can be grilled not fried.