The Silly Concept of Moderation - Ivana Chapman

The Silly Concept of Moderation

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Great performance doesn’t come with moderate effort.

Not a day goes by when I don’t hear people talking or writing about moderation with regards to lifestyle.

It’s bullshit.

No one ever achieved great things using the standard definition of “moderation”. To really perform at a high level, you sometimes need to take things to extremes. You have to work harder than most people, make sacrifices that most people aren’t willing to make, and reject the lifestyle of the “average” person. Moderation fails for anyone who’s looking to achieve great things or make an impact on the world.

Moderation in Your Diet

You’re finally on a roll with your diet. You’re loving the tasty new foods that you’ve been experimenting with and you’re not feeling hungry or craving anything. Then you’re at a Sunday afternoon BBQ with some friends and someone’s passing around a pie that looks mildly appealing. You decide it’s not worth it this time, when your friend (the host) encourages you to dig in.

“You’re not on a diet again, are you Jim?” He says. “You look fine! Everything in moderation, eh?” he adds, passing you a slice of pie. You gaze at the pie lost in thought, not sure what to do. All of a sudden that pie looks more tempting. You have been pretty strict with your diet, you think. Maybe moderation is a good idea…

It’s a slippery slope back to your usual habits, and moderation is a good way to get on it. A piece of pie here, an extra helping of mashed potatoes there; soon your commitment to making the right choices has faded. Yes, you need to have a balanced diet, but that’s what your nutrition plan should consist of anyway. Make a plan and stick to it. Don’t use moderation with an already sensible plan.

Moderation with Exercise

So those people who do moderate exercise a couple of times a week are using moderation and the rest of us are “fitness freaks”? I don’t think so. Those of us who work out more than the average could be more dedicated or disciplined or just have stronger goals. Moderation will never get you to an exceptional physique or spectacular feats of sports performance.

You need to push harder to get to the next level. You can have a decent body by working out in moderation, but you need to have a specific regime to look like you belong on the cover of a fitness magazine.

If you’re looking for exceptional results then give a little more than you have before.

Leave moderation for the average Joe and Jane.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 6-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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