How you handle weekends can say a lot about how successful you will be with your diet in the long run. The same could be said for holidays and vacations, but I digress. The problem lies within the all-or-nothing mindset. Do you start your week feeling refreshed from a good weekend or are you feeling shameful after a weekend-long bender? I wrote an Instagram post recently about this because this mindset is a common pitfall amongst dieters. The thing is, when your dieting mindset is too restrictive, it is designed to fail.
- You have been on a diet too damn long. You should spend most of your year eating at maintenance, and if you are in a healthy place for it you can implement two planned dieting phases in a year. Diet fatigue is real. If you are constantly trying to diet and restrict, your willpower is likely wearing thin.
- Your plan is too restrictive. If you start every Monday with a new plan to cut this food group or that one or try to live on 1200 calories, you will spend every weekend falling off the rails! You need to be realistic here; cutting out all carbs might fast track your goals, but do you really want to live in a world without bagels, pasta or fruit? I personal do not.
- Your goals are not aligned with the life you want. Listen, if going out drinking with friends is a must for you every weekend, that’s cool, but maybe a sub-10% body fat is not realistic for you. Your goals have to match the lifestyle you want and enjoy. You need to understand that unless you have the very best genetics you are going to have to make some changes to your current lifestyle if you want to achieve new results. Your current habits have gotten you where you are now, they won’t get you to where you want to go. Understand the tradeoff and decide what is worth it to you.