What does this even mean?

We’ve all heard this saying before and I won’t be surprised if you’ve heard it from your parent, teacher or older person when you were growing up lol. I know for sure that I have more often than not!!!

 

This can apply to anything really such as food, alcohol, exercise, work, etc. But, I want to talk about food for now. Often the misconception is that you can eat as much food as you want as long as it’s “healthy” or perceived to be healthy. Sadly, this is simply not true!!!

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it does not matter how healthy a food is. You just cannot eat it in excess and expect it NOT to have adverse consequences on your health, body or weight. Should I say it louder for the people at the back LOL?!?

 

moderation

You’re probably thinking right now what on earth is this woman talking about?

 

And I don’t blame you at all but no matter which way you look at it, too much of anything is not good for you. You can eat too much “healthy” food and still gain weight because at the end of the day what matters is whether you are in a calorie deficit or not. If, and I say if because not every person wants to lose weight, weight loss is your goal there is no other way to lose weight than to consume less energy than you burn.

 

What got me thinking about this is when a client asked me how much nuts he can consume in a day and if it even matters because nuts are healthy. My response was two-fold. Firstly, it depends. And it really does depend on many things, e.g. your goal, your overall diet, your health, etc. Secondly, all things in moderation because yes nuts are considered to be a healthy fat but it does not mean that you can consume endless amounts of it. At the end of the day nuts are calorie dense (another topic for another day) and if your total calories for the day exceed what your body requires you will gain fat.

 

I can relate to this myself because I LOVE peanut butter! And yes, while I only eat natural peanut butter (without added oils, salt, sugar) it does not mean that if I eat spoonsful of it every day that I won’t gain weight unless I’m in a constant calorie deficit.

food in moderation

The point is that it does not matter what food you are eating in excess. If you are consuming more calories than you require and your goal is to lose weight, it is not a good idea. Moderation is always key. And how much is too much depends on YOU – your body, your goals, your health.

So if weight loss is your goal by all means enjoy your favorite food but do so in reasonable amounts that won’t have a detrimental effect on your health.

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