We all know the age-old tale ‘diet starts on Monday’ but what is it about the human mind-set that renders us incapable of putting down the chocolate mid-week? Whether it’s our constant longing for that Friday night cocktail or that staple hangover cure come Sunday morning, Mondays just always seem to be the best option. That is, until now…
New research says Monday’s are actually the hardest day of the week to maintain a healthy diet. Speaking to Women’s Health, registered dietitian and all-round mega babe Jaime Mass explains why it’s so common to end up on a pointless yo-yo diet and how you can prevent it from happening.
Research conducted by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that generally, people consume the most meat on Saturdays and Sundays, the most carbs and alcohol on Fridays and Saturdays and the most calories on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – oops!
But it’s exactly this, explains Jaime, that stops you from succeeding in your quest for the perfect bikini bod. She explains:”typically, the ‘I’ll get back on track on Monday principle’ is a dangerous one. It indicates an all-or nothing-mentality, which can lead to unhealthy eating habits overall.” Great.
“Remember that you’re making an effort to lead a healthy life, not just a healthy five days”
So basically, as soon as the floodgates are opened, its a downward spiral of ice cream and doughnuts for lunch all washed down with a hearty shake and a slice of guilt. And before you know it, its 6am on Monday morning and one look at your bowl of porridge makes you crave a full English – extra bacon, please!
Though not exactly encouraging information, Jaime did have a few words of advice when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. “If you adjust your mentality, believing your healthier approach to food can start at any time – and that it does allow for treats in moderation – you might just find yourself a little bit more dedicated to it”.
So there you have it! Ignoring the call to get takeout just because it’s Saturday means making healthier decisions will become automatic. Jaime says “Regardless of the day, ask yourself, ‘Do I really want to eat this?’ There’s your secret to success.