The Monday to Friday “Dieter”.
Before I start let me define what I mean by a “dieter”. For the context of this blog post, we will be talking about the fat loss dieter, someone who is actively pursuing the goal of losing some body fat.
Now, you could be going low carb, high fat, high protein, you could be doing weight watchers or slimming world, you might be counting calories using my fitness pal or you may be just following a meal plan you found online. But you’re still not getting any results.
This is more common than you think and you are not alone. The first problem is people tend to think of their intake of food on a daily basis. Five good days two bad days is the norm, does this sound familiar?
The Monday to Friday Situation.
You might think that’s a good week, you’ve stuck to your meal plan Monday to Friday, you’re feeling good, now it’s time to enjoy the weekend. Little do you know that it’s the weekend that’s holding you back.
So as I said before let’s think of our intake on a weekly basis. If we use the example of counting calories because some numbers will help us get a better grasp of the situation, as I said this could be any diet, using the example of counting calories will just give us better clarity.
The Saturday-Sunday Situation.
Take Jane, for example, she has a goal of one pound of fat loss a week.
She needs to eat 1800 calories a day to achieve this goal. That works out to 12,600 calories a week.
Jane hasn’t got any results in 4 weeks and has pretty much stayed the same weight and her measurements haven’t budged either.
This is because Jane is a Monday to Friday dieter. She eats super clean all week, stays within her calories and deprives herself of food she loves to eat.
When Friday arrives she abandons the calories counting and just eats when and what she feels like eating and basically binges the whole weekend.
What Jane doesn’t realize is her weekly total is been brought back up above her target of 12600 calories a week in those two days.
This is why it’s important to think on a weekly basis rather than a daily one.
Am I saying you have to live like a monk come Friday? Absolutely not, maybe been less restrictive during the week by making room for foods you enjoy in moderation will help prevent binging.