Uh-oh -- as if we didn't already have enough to worry about when it comes to our country's massive obesity problem! Now, apparently, the day of the week you start your diet has something to do with your weight-loss success. Apparently, turning over a new leaf on a Tuesday is a disaster in the making, says a poll of 2,000 people conducted by the U.K. company Tesco Diets.
They found that dieters who began on a Tuesday were the most likely to lose their resolve within a week -- and end up heavier than when they started. But dieters who started on a Sunday do better overall, and Tesco claims this has something to do with the fact that people who start a diet at the beginning of the week are more psychologically motivated with the whole week's worth of clean slate to work with. But it ALL sounds like a bunch of bunk to me!
Just consider this: The study even admitted that the average woman goes on THREE diets a year, and most ditch their diet on a Friday, after a stressful work week. Geeze, if that isn't proof that "diets" IN GENERAL are a bunch of BS, I don't know what is!
Forget Sunday vs. Tuesday vs. Saturday or whatever! By "going on a diet," period, you're setting yourself up to fail. That is the only takeaway here -- that "going on a diet" is a bunch of crap. Whenever I hear a friend tell me she's "starting a diet" or "doesn't have time for a diet right now," I want to say, "Nooooo, please, stop!" Why? Because -- diet is basically code for a quick fix to weight-loss. And there's no such thing. Some people might see the merit in dropping a quick 10 pounds with a fad method like cutting out all carbs or limiting themselves to a starvation count of 1,000 calories a day or something nuts like that. But usually those kinds of diets end up coming back to bite you later on; you end up piling back on the 10 pounds and then some. Even weight loss programs that make you buy their food are a waste of time, because what happens when you go back to eating your own self-prepared meals? Or when you go out to eat at a restaurant?
Diets -- aka a nutrition plan you see as temporary -- will NEVER translate to long-term success. Whether we want to admit it or not, we all really know that a healthy, sustainable lifestyle (smart nutrition plus some kind of exercise) can do that. I'm sure it couldn't possibly matter what the heck day of the week you commit to it, because it's not something you view as having a deadline anymore. It's something you're signing up to do for life, so why would you throw in the towel? It's like quitting smoking or getting married. You're not gonna give up that easily when the decision is such a heavy one (no pun intended). You're changing your life ... permanently. And that in itself will be psychologically empowering and motivating no matter what.
Do you believe "diets" work?
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