What is eating in moderation?

@Debs_place (10525)
United States
September 7, 2009 9:28pm CST
I have been going to Weight watchers and have lost over 40 pounds. I go to visit Mom who is upset because I don't eat a some food she cooks. She tells me I should learn to eat everything in 'moderation'. What is moderation? Tonight I did some research and found this on a website "For a consumer who eats a burger a week, the calorie difference translates to about 5 1/2 pounds a year." I don't consider going out to eat a burger once a week excessive but not if you had in the fries...whoa..that is a lot of weight a year. Most people eat fast food more than once a week. At the same site, " A Grande Latte (260 calories) and slice of crumb cake (670 calories) from Starbucks may sound like a quick snack, but it's loaded with 930 calories. Snack on it once a week and you'll pack on nearly 14 pounds in a year." http://www.active.com/story.cfm?STORY_ID=13710&CHECKSSO=0 So this snack once a week and a burger once a week can add 20 pounds to us in a year. Big Ouch!!. After 5 years...the average Joe smoe can gain 100 pounds. Am I too dumb for this concept...maybe but this same article said that the average dietician underestimated restaurant meal calories by 37% and fat by 49%. Now I don't feel so bad I started a discussion about Fried butter and people told me about eating in moderation. How do you define moderation? DId you know that the average holiday dinner (Christmas, Thanksgiving) is about 5000 to 6,000 calories or about 2 pounds. Do you eat in moderation? Please define it? I would really like to get an understanding of how people can stay skinny while eating out on a regular basis? Do you eat everything in moderation? WHat is your eating plan?
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@marguicha (94358)
• Chile
8 Sep 09
If you lost 40 pounds, I suppose you are overweighed still. You should talk to your mother about the importance of eating what you should now, and nothing else. You don´t say what she had made for you, but is she likes to cook ,I´m sure she can get some wonderful diet recipes to give you. Decades ago, I remember I saw a commercial in a woman´s magazine. I still remember it. It said; "Don´t blame it on the potato". The were two pictures: one on a single cooked potato and how many calories it had and another with one of those wonderful potatoes with butter andsour cream over it. The potato itself was nothing. Have you tried snacks of those breads with coarse seeds? I put a little bit of olive oil instead of butter and lettuce. YUMMY!!! And it´s black coffee, dear, no sugar. Or a good tea with some lemon juice. Very european! I´m dieting because I put on 20 pounds after I quit smoking. I already shed off 8 and I´m very proud. I don´t count calories as mine is not a case of being overweight. But I need my old clothes back So I eat light 6 days a week, nothing fried. Cooked in water, steamed or baked. The seventh day I EAT AND DRINK. I mean, if I have a party, I don´t care. But I come home and don´t eat much for the rest of the day. I can´t, I´m not hungry. Luck with your weight loss. You´ll do it!
• United States
8 Sep 09
I eat every three to four hours, usually three meals and two snacks in a day and I count carbs because I am diabetic. You can look at serving sizes on labels of products - that may give you a guideline. Eating out is always going to be harder, especially here in America where the portions truly are bigger than elsewhere and we're supersizing everything! But it IS possible to eat moderately while eating out - because I havehad to work it out with my diabetes, I have found that on pretty much any menu you can find,or adapt something to a healthy option. By the way, a 12oz latte made with skim milk is 100 cals (obviously if you add flavor it adds) And because the milk is steamed the consistency is no different so you can't really tell the difference from a regular. I was a barista for three years or so and my friend and I there worked out what we could have!
@Archie0 (4669)
23 Sep 09
in health class, my teacher shared a great site to us during the nutrition unit: mypyramid.gov. Its an interactive site designed to help you find the correct portions, serving sizes, and a ton of other information. You can chose to enter in your age, gender, and weight to get really detailed report of exactly how many servings you need, examples of what a serving size is, how many calories you personally need in a day, etc. its a really great site and its helped me a lot!
@rusty2rusty (6769)
• Defiance, Ohio
8 Sep 09
My family do eat in moderation otherwise there would not be enough food to go around to the five of us. I am moving out of state next month. So I am letting everything run as low a possible. That way I don't have alot to transfer.
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@StarBright (2799)
• United States
8 Sep 09
Debs_place, your mom is a classic example of what is wrong with the American waistline. Everything has been supersized for so long (because we love a bargain that we no longer know what moderate is. The weightwatcher meals are measured for moderation. You are eating less food because that is all that is needed to sustain your body at your desired weight. Athletes eat a lot of food while they are active in sports. They gain weight when they stop playing because they do not slow down on the eating. They continue to eat as if they were carrying that football down the field. Moms contribute to our weight problems because they want to be loved and who doesn't love Mom's cooking? They force it on us because they need validaton for themseves. Good for you on your weight loss. Keep up the good work.
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@onabreak2 (1162)
• United States
8 Sep 09
I think eating in moderation means not overeating. But that is just my opinion. Dont eat after you are full. Some people will eat everything on their plate because that is what we were taught when we were little. Not to let things go to waste because of people who do not have food to eat. You know the guilt thing. Or it tastes so good you just have to eat the whole thing. I dont think that what you eat has anything to do with moderation. I think that it is the amount that you eat. I need to eat in moderation more. Thanks for reminding me.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Sep 09
I've never followed a strict diet,but at the same time,I've never become obese,though presently I could sure do with losing a few pounds...In my case,it's probably as a result of insufficient exercise,(and a fondness for snacking...!) Many of us underestimate how much food we consider a portion..a portion of meat is rated as being the size of the palm of your hand..and so on.One recommendation I'd give would be cut out the sugary sodas and drink more water..that'd be a good start!
@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
8 Sep 09
I remember, growing up, when I was thinner, what Thanksgiving was like. We would spend so much time, and make so much food, and I would be so overwhelmed, I would eat almost nothing. When the grownups would nap, we kids would go play or as we got to be teens, we would walk. I had a hundred sixty acres to walk off the meal. We would not eat supper, but would generally have dessert in the afternoon. I am that way more or less to this day about large meals. It is the everyday things, especially the comfort foods I cook that will do me in. I can eat and eat. I made oven fried chicken today, with skin on. I never make that, had never used this recipe, but I found it, and used it, and it was very good. I did only eat breakfast, and lunch as meals, however. I had banana and granola bar before an hour walk. I had icecream with dry cheerios, but no supper.That is what happens when I have a day off. On the other hand, I had no desire to eat out today.
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@seared (247)
• China
11 Sep 09
the best way is to refuse the fast food completely,just like me. LOL that's just because I don't like fast food anyway. my suggestion is maybe you can try to cook some chinese dishes, it's simple and delicious and healthy!!!hehe
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
9 Sep 09
For example if you do hit the drive thru once in a while have something like a small cheese burger and small fries without a soda (or with diet) instead of a super sized Big Mac meal with an extra large Coke. It's still far from health food but isn't as devastating calorie wise and you still get to have a cheeseburger and fries. If you do indulge in something really bad for you, like a high fat/calorie lunch, balance it out with a very low fat/calorie dinner and then go for a long walk in the evening. You can still have the decadent things that you like you just need to have them, well, in moderation - only have them now and then and take the time to consider how bad they are for you and what you need to do to balance it out. If you eat out a lot then do things like substituting fries for a side salad with a low fat dressing. Order water instead of soda, that really saves calories (and money). Get whole wheat bread instead of white, skip the cheese/bacon/mayo now and then. Little things like that make a big difference.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
9 Sep 09
Eating in moderation actually means eating anything you want but in small portions..but being a weight watcher, i choose my foods well..If i am tempted at a meal i feel up on the healthy stuff & just taste a bite of the fatty stuff...
@Enascent (40)
• United States
9 Sep 09
I think when your mother told you to eat everything in moderation, she was probably referring back to the Scriptures which says. "Do everything in moderation." In this Scripture, moderation is a greek work which means gentleness, patient, and yielding. We must show kindness or take care of our own bodies because its the only body we do have. One powerful concept which has helped me shed a bit of weight is eat until you are full. This will require you to eat your food more slowly so that you would enjoy the food better. Sometimes, we cannot seem to resist dessert after we have had a full course meal. When it comes to moderation in eating, it means just eat enough. Do not stuff yourself. And do not starve yourself either. You mother maybe also thinks that since you have been on weight watchers, you have been starving yourself. Weight Watchers is all about monitoring you calorie intake as well as eating the right proportions of food without omitting the so-called forbidden foods.Lately, I have been eating enough until I am filled. I do not omit my favorite treats such as chocolate and ice cream. And I try to stay physically active throughout the entire day. I don't have gym equipment, but workouts on dvds has also been helping me keep in shape. Not to mention, I drink more water and juice than any other drink I consume. I have stopped eating after 7pm, so in the morning I would be ready to full up with a fiber-packed breakfast. No matter what your eating plan may be, eating in moderation has a different meaning to different people. I can eat a whole baked potato and be full, whereas if you eat a baked potato the same sixe as mines, you may get full off of half of it. Everyone consumes calories differently. Its up to each and every one of use to customize our own eating plans. What works for you may not work for me. When I have a customized eating and workout plan combined, I will reap exceptional benefits.
@Citychic (4078)
• United States
8 Sep 09
Hello Debs_Place, Nice discussion btw, eating in moderation simply means that you can eat practically anything that you want but that's not to say that you should eat the whole thing. Take starbucks, if you happen to go there and get the Latte and the crumbcake. You could always slice the cake in half and save a portion for another day. As for the Latte, you could go on and enjoy it but keep a limit on it and not have another for at least another week or two. Basically eating in moderation means to eat whatever you like but cut back, so that you are able to cut back on the calories. For example back in my days when I wasn't watching my weight. I would get a bowl of ice cream. The kind it's important. But now that I"m watching my weight, I will lower the amount of ice cream and only get a spoonful or two at the most. I eat it slowly. So it's not like I'm gulping it down and ready for the next. I still eat a few fried foods but only sparingly. Perhaps only a few times a year, whereas before it had become a part of my lifestyle to eat it a few times a week. As for white bread products, sodas and candy I've almost cut these products out of my diet almost entirely. Notice that I said almost entirely. The thing is that I don't really have a sweet tooth, so I've just about lost my taste for them. Continue to eat your fruits and veggies and drink lots of water and exercise and watch the pounds as they begin to roll off............. Happy mylot!
@iceydon (342)
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
Eating in moderation is i think just eating within the limit of 2000 calories per day. Eating too much beyond your energy requirement would go to category of over eating.People stay skinny though they eat too much because they counter balance their eating with hyperactivity that totally burn their eaten excess calories.Eating for me is just three meals a day. If over eaten i try to counter it with exercise.
• Germany
8 Sep 09
Hi Debs! Eating in moderation is a complicated theory. But the good news is thats it's easy to understand. Eating in Moderation is to keep balance of the in and the out/burn. So in your case, if you do happen to eat a extra burger over the weekend, dont take the bus to the fastfood, walk there, you'll make your moderation there... In other words, balance out what you consume and what you burn. Nutritionist would try to say this in a way that one must try to eat per day as he/she can burn but we know thats kinda hard. you cant daily exercise, or if u r ona diet, then there are parties. so to make things easier one can take average the food intake and energy burn per week or per month or even per year, it just have to work out. in your calculations up there, in the 5 year period, u missed alot of other possibilities. those are whenu r sick or just dont want to eat and so on.. What i do is just watch myself. if im going bigger, i take control and eat a little lesser or a less calory diet. i can alwys hit the fastfood on the weekend cuz i know im balancing it out on the weekdays. at the end, theres no hard and fast rule, just watch how your body responds. :)
@sblossom (2170)
8 Sep 09
I'm careful about what i eat to control my shape. However i don't pay attention on Calories too much. I feel difficult to understand these kind of things. my principal is very simple: eat less adn exercise more. I also have one personal secret. I'm trying eat nothing after 5pm. So i can keep my shape. it really works to me. I can see my weight is down slowly but never stops. Compared to what you got it's too simple. I'm really jealous of that. If i can lose 40 pounds it would be fantastic. I would not worry about my weight any more.