“How To Say Goodbye to Diet Monday.”
You know the drill. You plan on eating “good” all week, but then someone rolls out the birthday cake and you tell yourself you’ll give in just this one last time (and then you’ll be “good” once again on Monday.) This is what we, of course, know as Diet Monday. Before you know it, the scale starts creeping up and you find yourself wondering why maintaining your weight is just so gosh darn hard!
Let me introduce you to what has worked for me. What I fondly refer to as The Incredible, Edible Balancing Act.
First an explanation of what this roughly drawn map of my life actually means…
The middle line represents absolute, 100% balance. The place where I am eating exactly the same amount of calories that I burn (through exercise and/or just my average, daily activities.)
The middle line is, actually, a totally unrealistic place.
No two days are ever exactly alike, after all. Some days I eat cookies and pizza (note: the dotted line goes up.) Some days I forgo dessert in favor of orange slices (the dotted line goes down.) The important thing is balance. If I eat a lot for a couple of days, I’ll make it a point to eat a little less for a day or two afterwards. If I know a party is coming up and I’ll be enjoying some wine and appetizers, I might skip my nightly chocolate for a couple days ahead.
I mentally try to keep myself as close to the middle line as possible, but since the middle line is (in all actuality) completely unrealistic, I allow myself to veer off now and then. As long as I have a few low days to make up for the high days, everything evens out.
How to make this work for you…
- It’s important to never let the dotted line go so low that you find yourself entering starvation mode. Starving = overeating. The point is just to shave off some excess calories here and there. Repeat after me: Do NOT enter diet mode.
- Don’t use this concept so that you can binge one day and under eat the next. The underlying principle is balance, health, and happiness.
- In figuring out which excess calories to shave off on “low” days, cut out calories that you could care less about. For example, use 1 Tbsp. dressing on your salad instead of 2. Have 1 medium scoop of potatoes with dinner instead of 2. Etc, etc, etc. Don’t let yourself feel deprived!
- Don’t focus on the logistics of this principle. Just understanding the idea behind it and then implementing those ideas will go far in helping you maintain your weight.
QUESTION: What are some tips that have worked for you in maintaining your weight?