Your Diet Is Doomed No Matter What Day You Start


best day to start a diet scaleUh-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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Melis... Melissa042807

I do not believe in the word "diet". Saying "I am going on a diet" implies that as soon as I get the results I want, I am then going to go off the diet. And then I will undo all the work I did on the diet. A "diet" is a short-term fix for a long-term issue. It doesn't work that way. 

What DOES work is making permanent life choices about the way you're going to conduct your life. What you're going to eat, how you're going to exercise, etc. 

And "I don't have time to go on a diet" is a load of bullcrap. We all have to eat. Eat something decent instead of a chili dog and a Coke for lunch. Duh. Choices, people. Choices. 

eberk... eberkshire

I diet all the time....and fail all the time lol. I use the website sparkpeople cause its free and it gives you the free nutrition tracker and fitness tracker and a bunch of all the other tools and I do well when I actually use it faithfully but sometimes I just don't want to enter that snickers bar and see how many calories are really in it :)

Skinn... SkinnyCoach

I have been on a diet for 15 years. I lost 100 pounds on the eyou diet when I was 28 and have kept it off all these years following a DIET. Your diet is a composition of what you eat. Good diets work when paired properly with the right person. If people could simple make healthy choices and track their nutrition and fitness everyone would be skinny. Just as lessons plans and business plans and travel itineraries work - so do food plans.

nonmember avatar Bunny

Maybe if people would stop saying "diets don't work," some people would try a little harder. To some people eating right is their diet. But too many people i've known said it "didn't work," yet they only gave it a week. There aren't many people motivated enough. My very own friend said I couldn't lose weight and didn't believe I could. I'm down 10 pounds so far. I'm sticking with it because i'm finially motivated. And I will keep it off.

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