Eating foods in moderation is a key to maintaining a healthy diet. That means you have a little bit of everything, rather than gorging, say, on steak and ice cream.

The word moderation describes a middle ground often in either behavior or political opinions. When a politician tries not to be too extreme to the left or right, he is using moderation to hold a middle ground in the hopes of getting as many voters as possible. Moderation can also be the act of tempering an extreme. Try a moderation of your coffee habit, and cut down from 8 cups a day to 2.

Definitions of moderation
  1. noun
    quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
    synonyms: moderateness
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    immoderateness, immoderation
    the quality of being excessive and lacking in moderation
    golden mean
    the middle between extremes
    moderation in expectations
    type of:
    degree, grade, level
    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
  2. noun
    the trait of avoiding excesses
    synonyms: temperance
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    the quality of being intemperate
    dryness, sobriety
    moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs
    moderation in eating and drinking
    type of:
    natural virtue
    (scholasticism) one of the four virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) derived from nature
    control, restraint
    discipline in personal and social activities
  3. noun
    the action of lessening in severity or intensity
    “the object being control or moderation of economic depressions”
    synonyms: mitigation
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    the act of abating
    abatement of a nuisance, nuisance abatement
    (law) the removal or termination or destruction of something that has been found to be a nuisance
    type of:
    decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
    the act of decreasing or reducing something
  4. noun
    a change for the better
    synonyms: easing, relief
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    something that extricates you from embarrassment
    breath of fresh air
    a welcome relief
    type of:
    alteration, change, modification
    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
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