Let me preface this by saying I'm not the greatest writer in the world and the only class I hated in college my freshman year was English, so if you spot any spelling or grammatical errors, take it up with the grammar police. Or better yet, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you 10% off your next purchase. ;)
In all seriousness, moderation is one of, if not the most important aspect of healthy living. Fitness is a life long journey and not just something you can turn on and off. That's why the word "diet" is such a flawed one since it insinuates that it will eventually come to an end. There are some instances where dieting is warranted but for the general population, there shouldn't be a portion of your life where you eat recklessly, and a point where you diet and eat "healthy foods". It should be balanced and sustainable for you for the entirety of your life, or until the world blows up. Whichever comes first.
There are many different ways to use modification to your advantage (I will go over specifics in a future blog post), but the point is that in order for you to live a long healthy lifestyle, your diet doesn't necessarily need to consist of salad for lunch and dinner every day of the week. Of course you can't really live a healthy lifestyle eating pizza and burgers 7x a week either, but there is nothing stopping you from eating healthily for a majority of the week and indulging in a nice slice of cookie cake, or going out on the weekends. The phrase "cheat meal" is so grossly overused in the fitness industry and makes most people feel guilty going outside of what they think they should be eating. Don't let food dictate the way you live your life. If you're eating good, wholesome, healthy foods, 80% of the time, that last 20% is yours to enjoy. Don't overdo it of course, because ordering 6 Beefy Frito Burritos from Taco Bell is obviously not going to do you any favors (speaking from experience), but allow yourself a little bit of freedom. Nothing will keep you sane like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup after a nice stretch of clean eating.
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