Does spending the day eating whatever you want, and as much of it as you like, sound like a recipe for ruining your diet? Think again.
Taking a day off your diet every week is likely to boost your chances of long-term success.
Keep Your Metabolism Revved
The human body is an impressive piece of equipment. During times of famine, it will be able to maintain weight on less food than before. And as soon as food is plentiful again, your body will pack on as much fat as possible to prepare for the next famine.
By having one day per week when you eat more, you’ll keep your metabolism strong, and it won’t adjust to your lower calorie intake.
Ever wonder why diets fail? All it takes is one trigger like stress or boredom and overeating can occur.
The ideas is that if you let yourself eat whatever you like once a week, you won’t end up feeling deprived. It’s much easier to resist that slab of cake when you know you can have one in a couple of days’ time.
Stay on Track with Dieting
Most of us are enthusiastic about a new diet for the first couple of weeks and then the reality sets in. Counting calories, opting for low-fat versions of favorite foods, and trying to change habits gets frustrating after a while. Taking a mini-break from your diet every week will give you peace.
Worried about the extra calories on your day off? It takes 3500 calories to gain one pound. It is not likely you will wreck your diet in one day.
Fit In, Socially, While Dieting
Make your “day off” a day when you’re out with friends or family. It is less stressful to have to worry about fitting in or the temptation of richer foods. That means you can relax and enjoy yourself without a having to focus on calories!
Have you tried this method, and has it worked for you?