Eating Healthy to Lose Weight All Week!
Successful dieters are eating healthy to lose weight all week!
Recognise this pattern:
Monday: Start diet. Tell everyone you’re going to lose 2 kilos in 2 weeks on new diet.
Tuesday: Feel very inspired by new diet.
Wednesday: Ignore temptations and feel very proud of self.
Thursday: Feel good, stick to diet.
Friday: Tell everyone new diet is working, feel very impressed with self.
Saturday: Deserve a reward. Reward self with food.
Sunday: After over-rewarding self, feel extremely guilty and swear to start new diet tomorrow.
A common trap for would-be dieters is erratic eating. That is, for several days in a row, dieters eat moderate portions of healthy foods according to their healthy diet plan. Then they fall off the wagon, often magnificently, with a giant-worthy binge that sends them dispiritedly back to zero.
It’s vital that you work on overcoming this well known yo-yo effect. According to the National Weight Control Registry, successful dieters have a number of key factors in common. One of these is that successful dieters will follow similar eating patterns all week.
What does this mean? Dieters should work on creating steady healthy eating patterns that are practised every day of the week. Eat breakfast every day. Eat a low fat diet every day. Eat an appropriate number of calories every day.
Having steady eating patterns means you give yourself the opportunity to get into the habit of healthy eating. If the only constant about your eating patterns is that they’re up and down, you don’t have the chance to create long-term healthy eating habits. Forming habits takes about thirty days, so breaking your diet every couple of days, or every weekend, is simply self-sabotage.
It’s true that dieting can be hard work and incentives keep you motivated. However, rewarding yourself with food defeats the purpose. Instead of giving yourself the weekend off your diet, reward yourself with indulgent activities. Soak in a warm bath, listen to your favourite CD without distractions or let someone give you a massage.
Another advantage of steady and healthy eating patterns is that your body gets a chance to work out what’s going on. Your metabolism learns to anticipate the amount of calories it’s going to get to burn and level outs into a healthy balance.
So next time you feel yourself slipping off the healthy eating track, remember you need longer to make your healthy eating habits permanent. Go run the bath instead.