As we look at what might be a contributor to goals or progress not being met , we can sometimes hear ourselves asking… “ Why can I only seem to eat well during the week”. This can be a common thread in anyone who has adopted a healthier lifestyle or way of eating and still is not quite satisfied or completely confident in the changes made.
Let’s explore some of the reasons that might be causing a noticeable difference between your week-day diet and your weekend.
Too restrictive during the week
If someone is following a diet that is strict or does not allow for much variance we can start to create this mindset of only needing or only being able to commit to it 4or 5 days out the full 7. This can often lead to overindulging or beginning on the weekends on food groups that the particular diet or rule you have placed on yourself does not allow.
Adopting an all or nothing mentality
Taking on a ‘I have to be perfect or I am failing’ mindset to your lifestyle can place immense pressure on you mentally leading to a lack of enjoyment and no room for when you may slip up or life just happens. We are human and trying to live like a robot is only increasing your stress.
Priorities are conflicted
Having goals and aspirations are fantastic! However sometimes these goals might not actually align with our current lifestyle or they may not align with us at all and we have set a goal to ‘Eat vegan for months’ for example, on someone else’s recommendation or interest. It is important to check in yourself and identify what it is you would like to achieve and why this is so important to you allowing you to also align your priorities and lifestyle changes to back that up.
You never change your relationship with food
This is critically important and here can be the problem. Most people go on what might be called a “food diet.” Aka yo-yo dieting. One month they’re only eating X. The next month they’re only eating Y. The following month they’re only eating Z. We all know people like this. They go from one “food diet” to the next. Sound familiar? Of course it does. We’ve all done it. We pick a diet and follow the rules for as long as we can using willpower. However, if the only thing you’re changing is the food you’re eating, you’re not going to change for the long term. It’s critical that you change your relationship with food. It’s critical that you change the way you think and react to food. You need to adopt the right mindset along with developing the healthy habits and behaviours necessary to lose weight and keep it off. Otherwise, you’ll keep going from one diet to the next. You’ll never be able to stick with anything long enough for it to become a lifestyle and no longer just another diet.Following X plan by simply willing ourselves to stay strong for as long as we can…until we can’t. We eventually lose steam, and revert back to our old ways.Like motivation, willpower is not sustainable. Most diets get more difficult to follow as time goes on. This is not a sustainable strategy. Changing your relationship with food is a big part of developing the right mindset along with the habits/behaviours to lose weight and keep it off is a big part of what we do too. Try asking WHY am I eating rather than WHAT am I eating? This simple question helps bring more awareness and compassion to your situation.
Accountability + Access to Support
It’s easy to make promises and break them if they’re only to yourself. No one knows if you keep them or not. So most times you don’t. We all know this feeling. The feeling of having been lied to and disappointed by ourselves mind you. It’s not empowering at all. Unless you’re being held accountable and support is there when needed, it’s very hard to stick with it. It’s too easy to rationalise to ourselves and it’s also very hard to sustain the effort required to lose weight.
At Fitness360 we empower women with the knowledge of what their body needs to meet the goals and the accountability and support to help them gain the confidence to maintain their healthy habits, achieving balance.