Why Eating ‘Everything in Moderation’ is Crap!
Have you been taught that the BEST way to stay healthy, fit and trim is to not be too restrictive with your diet, and to instead eat whatever you want — Just as long as it’s eaten in moderation? I call BULL! Read on to find out why that is…
It’s a beautiful, sunny day here on Long Island, and I write this to you from my parents’ home. Every Tuesday and Friday, I visit my hometown of Port Washington, and work with my grandmother on rehab from hip replacement surgery last summer, and my dad on improving his strength, tone and overall cardiovascular health.
With a couple of days to go before my big interview with Dr. William Davis, best-selling author of the Wheat Belly series of books, I’ve been reading through his new book, Undoctored, in preparation for Thursday. Dr. Davis goes into vivid detail on why certain aspects of the Western diet are NOT conducive to health or to weight loss, and why our Dietary Guidelines for the past 60 years have done a lot more harm than good to both the public’s health and to the public’s waistline.
One of the tenets he harks on that I 100% agree with is the notion that it’s OK to eat sugar, grains and processed foods — Provided you do so in moderation! The problem is, NOWHERE in these dietary guidelines does it stress what the word ‘moderation’ even means…
I remember initially thinking this way on my 100 lb weight loss journey. In college, it wasn’t uncommon of me to drink less than double digits in beer per night out. No, I’m not joking — I was a ‘Go Big or Go Home’ type of guy. Nobody outdrank me up until I grew out of my late teen — early 20s BS.
My tolerance was through the roof! So, when I kept to the ‘Everything in Moderation’ approach, I thought four beers per night out was moderation.
And I truly wondered at the time why that didn’t help me lose much weight?
As a college student, when my roommates and I used to order Domino’s, I’d routinely get a large pie of pepperoni and meatball for myself, as well as a two liter of Coke, and I’d eat it all within 30 minutes. Moderation from a food perspective was me eating half a pie instead of a full pie of pizza, and drinking half the two liter instead of the whole thing!
Can you now see how foolhardy this notion is?
Foods high in sugar stimulate a process called the Insulin Resistance Cycle, where our blood sugars will spike immensely, leading to fat storage, brain fog and the inevitable blood sugar drop within an hour or two. Long-term, this can lead to insulin resistance (hence the name of the cycle), which is a precursor for Type-2 Diabetes, which is a gateway disease to a myriad of more serious and less reversible health conditions like heat disease, Alzheimer’s and various forms of cancer.
Grains (another common staple in the Western diet) have no nutritional value, are inflammatory and have been linked to quite a few health issues themselves. And don’t even get me started on the issues with processed foods that contain things like artificial sweeteners, food coloring, etc.
Evolution doesn’t happen in a generation, or even over several generations. It takes tens of thousands of years, if not longer. Our bodies are NOT designed to ingest copious amounts of sugar, grains and processed foods. This is why so many of us suffer from constant bloating, brain fog, anxiety, depression, lethargy, aches, pains, excess body fat and concerning blood test results.
Plus, moderation for you isn’t moderation for me, which isn’t moderation for your best friend! Moderation means different things for different people, and while eating LESS crap can certainly have a positive effect on both your health and your weight short-term, constantly bombarding your body with toxins is NOT the way to go about permanently changing your health and your weight situations for the better!
Trust me — I know it’s tough to get off of sugar, grains and processed foods. They’re so cheap, easy, and simple, plus they make you feel better immediately when you eat them! The problem is what they do to your body long-term, and that constantly making your body struggle to process the junk isn’t the best idea.
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