What Everything in Moderation Looks Like with Your Favorite Unhealthy Foods

Here’s how you can get away with not depriving yourself
pasta salad

The good news is that pasta is not forbidden.

Diets do not work for a very good reason: You are depriving yourself from what you really want. This is not to say that you need a whole box of cookies or a pint of ice cream, but allowing yourself to have the foods you love in moderation will prevent you from binging when you finally decide to give in.

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When giving up your favorite comfort food is not an option, how do you find a way to have your cake and eat it, too? Each day we are presented with thousands of temptations and junk food triggers. There is no way to really escape it and obsessing over food is never a healthy way to live. When it comes to your everyday diet, the 80-20 rule is key. The 80-20 rule means that 80 percent of the time, you eat healthy and 20 percent of the time you have the freedom to indulge. For some people, this could mean a pizza night on Saturday, and for others it could mean having a piece of dark chocolate a couple times a week.

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Moderation is easier said than done and if you overthink it, you will definitely fail. At the end of the day, you know how your body reacts to certain foods and eating too much junk will not make you feel good, but depriving yourself could mentally exhaust you.