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Stopping the Monday Diet Vortex

Stopping the Monday Diet Vortex

If someone were to ask me how many times I have been on a diet and I would probably answer, “How many Monday mornings have there been?”

It seems like every Monday since I can remember, I wake up with the intention that I will eat well and exercise more that week.  I then start the day with a healthy breakfast, have a nutritious lunch and finish the day with a well balanced dinner. However, by around 8:30 that night, I typically find myself roaming my cupboards looking for something to eat.  I would then break down, eat something that I know I really shouldn’t and then tell myself that I’ve blown it but not to worry I could try again next Monday.

I wondered whether this was just something that I did or whether there were others also stuck in this cycle. 

As it turns out, there are many of us caught in this same diet vortex. 

Based on a study completed by Brian Wansink, PhD, the author of Mindless Eating, 46% of people said that they last attempted to start a weight loss program on a Monday morning.  The study then found out that by Tuesday night, 31% had already stopped the plan.  So it turns out that I’m not alone.   Woman Standing on Scale

Mary Pritchard, PhD, author of the blog article Diet is a 4 Letter Word suggests that we are setting ourselves up when we diet as “we are physiologically and psychologically programmed to fail whenever we attempt to restrict calories” and suggests that we would be better to understand why we are eating and implement actions that would improve our overall health and lifestyle.

I think in my case I am looking at dieting from completely the wrong perspective.  I think I have to shift my thinking from what I think a diet stops me from enjoying to what a healthy lifestyle will give me.

By living a healthy lifestyle I should feel healthier; have increased energy and also have the potential added bonus of dropping a few pounds.  I also think I need to give up on the idea that I can only start a diet on Mondays and realize that healthy living is really meant for everyday.

What about you? Are you caught in the Monday diet vortex? 

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.