We’ve all been there – eating so well during the week only to have the weekend come and wipe out all the progress we made.
And by progress I mean weight loss, as this is the goal that tends to drive this unwanted weekday/weekend cycle.
It’s what forces us into restriction (eating less than what our body needs to thrive), and deprivation (avoiding the foods that bring you satisfaction).
It’s easy to look at the graphic and say that the weekend is the problem. After all, that’s where all the “bad” eating is happening. But it’s not the problem – it’s the symptom, the side effect of what’s been going on during the week.
Feelings of restriction and deprivation can’t last forever. There needs to be a release.
So as the week goes by with so-called perfect eating, there’s a restriction and deprivation spring being loaded in the background. By the time Friday gets here you can feel the pressure building.
Eventually the spring pops, and you end up eating back all the calories you restricted yourself of, as well as all the delicious foods and satisfaction you placed off limits.
But here’s the kicker – this restriction and deprivation during the week creates a debt, and this debt gets repaid with interest. So you end up eating more overall food and more of the foods you say you can’t have than you would have had you just practiced a more permissive approach with your eating.
The solution? Make your weekends look more like your weekdays and your weekdays look more like your weekends, and stop thinking of your food as a tool to manipulate your body, and instead start thinking of it as a way to meet your body’s needs.
Smooth the restriction and deprivation curve so the spring never gets loaded and the release doesn’t need to happen.
If the food you eat doesn’t satiate, satisfy, and nourish you on a daily basis, there will be consequences.
Meeting your body’s needs is what leads to improved consistency with your eating and the outcomes you want. And ignoring them will do the opposite.