Why doesn't moderation work for me? Because I have no self-control. End of post. Have a good day!
Just kidding. Let's explore it a little more. Moderation is a popular term in eating, but usually only when trying to justify an unhealthy food. It sounds good doesn't it? It sounds reasonable too: eat healthy most of the time, but if you want a cookie enjoy your cookie.
The problem with me is that I don't eat just the cookie, I'll eat the box. True story, I tried to just eat a couple of Girl Scout cookies, I turned around and I had eaten the whole box. If I'm eating chips keep your hands away, fingers could become a casualty. It's not even so much that I really love junk food, I think it's because it seems to now be forbidden foods. In my mind if I have one piece I may as well eat it all because I've already eaten something I shouldn't have eaten.
When I started eating better, I tried to eat special treats in moderation, but I struggled with the moderation part. Then, I felt guilty about overeating on junk food. It was an unpleasant cycle. At the same time, I wasn't comfortable swearing off junk food and I didn't know what else to do. I thought if I stopped eating junk food altogether I would be some kind of weirdo.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago, I was standing in the lobby of my work and a guest was politely refusing the candy on the receptionist's desk, explaining she "didn't do" moderation. What?!?! I thought this was how we all cheated on healthy eating and didn't feel guilty about it. She went on to explain she didn't have a lot of self-control and to avoid eating the whole jar of candy, she didn't eat any candy. At first, I felt sorry for her...never eating candy? What an unpleasant life. Then, I realized I had the same problem. I have no self-restraint. My "special treats" were no longer special, I was eating whatever was offered to me whenever it was offered.