Today, I have a guest blog post from Mike Whitfield.
I have known Mike for years. Two weeks back, I headed out for breakfast with him…
(In the mirror you can see James taking the photo and you can see half of my head.)
Mike swears that Maryjane’s in San Diego has the second best pancakes that he ever had.
Mike has an article for you below on how it feels to be in a diet prison.
Rick Kaselj, MS
P.S. – Who has the best pancakes? Mike’s wife makes the best, according to Mike.
Remember the game “Monopoly”? Remember how you had all this momentum and you’re gaining properties like crazy, then suddenly, you draw “the card”?
“Go to Jail. Go Directly to Jail”
Then bam!… your momentum comes to a halt and you almost feel like you have to start over.
Ever notice that the same thing happens with your diet? It doesn’t matter what diet you’re on, but you have all this momentum all week, then suddenly on Friday, you destroy everything you’ve worked hard for all week. It’s like you went to Diet Prison, right?
Sticking to ANY diet is HARD on the weekends. Seriously… it’s the weekend. You probably don’t want to eat broccoli and boring baked chicken.
Well, there’s good news.
This is like a “Get Out of Diet Jail” card and you no longer have to “diet” on the weekends. Check out this exciting new study from Cornell University…
Scientists looked at weight loss among men and women of a variety of ages. Participants were asked to weigh themselves after waking up over a period of 15 to 330 days in order to include weight fluctuation patterns and corresponding days of the week.
The researchers observed that the individuals who lost more weight over the period of the study, “splurged” over the weekend, yet cut calories Monday through Thursday.
“Weight variations between weekdays and weekends should be considered normal instead of weight gain.”, Cornell University Brian Wansink said. “The big difference between those who gain weight over time and those who lose or maintain weight is directly related to the way they eat from Monday to Friday.”
Pretty cool, right?
So how do you do it?
Well, think of your diet like intervals. Monday through Thursday is your “interval” where you would focus and tighten up your diet a little more than usual. Then Friday, Saturday and Sunday you cut loose.
This is much easier to stick to because you get to enjoy more of your favorite foods more often. Popular “Cheat Day” diets tend to make people overdo it because they may feel they need to “get it all in” before their next Cheat Day… a full week away.
Now you probably already know that simply cutting calories Monday through Thursday is definitely a good start, but it’s more than that.
Imagine cutting your calories by 500 per day, but having 3 bowls of Frosted Flakes as your meals. That’s not a good plan, right? And I don’t know about you, but cereal makes me hungrier.
And not to mention… causing major inflammation in your joints, creating unnecessary pain.
Now that doesn’t mean you need to skip carbs altogether, either.
So, here’s a simple “template” you can follow…
Monday – Low Carb
Tuesday – Normal Carbs
Wednesday – Normal Carbs
Thursday – Low Carb
Friday – Cheat!
Saturday – Cheat!
Sunday – Cheat!
You’ll be surprised at how much your cravings come down by following this simple template. The thing to remember…
It comes down to your WEEKLY calories VS your DAILY calories.
It’s certainly not a “lose 10 pounds in 7 days” approach… but instead, it’s a doable, more sustainable way to enjoy life a little bit and still get back in shape.
Enjoy your weekends again!
Mike Whitfield, Master CTT