Hereâ€™s the game plan for Dietingâ€™s Glorious Cheat Day:
We go 6 days following a restrictive diet to perfection, then the bell rings to start the 7th day and we â€œfeedâ€ all we want from the minute we wake up until we need our stomach pumped. Even after that, if the clock hasnâ€™t struck midnight we try to cram a little more fun food down our throat before our next â€œweek of purityâ€ begins.
Sound good? It gets better! The best part of this day of gluttony? We can actually lose more weight than dieting 7 days a week!
Awesome â€“ what could possibly go wrong with this once a week binge strategy?
Here are 5 reasons a diet cheat day is flat-out dangerous both for your weight loss efforts and your health in general. Note that I originally wrote 10 reasons but the article got too long, so I had to pull 5 out. Iâ€™m confident youâ€™ll get the point, but feel free to write me if you want the other 5 reasons, Iâ€™ll be happy to send them to you.
1. No Moderation or Control on Cheat days Carries Far More Risk Than Benefits to Your Physical and Mental Health.
If we buy into the notion that any extreme behavior proven to offer a benefit is good without considering the risks, why stop at fat loss? Letâ€™s improve our lives further by adding:
- Alcohol or Drug Cheat Days â€“Indulging in your favorite drugsÂ or alcohol all day once a week. Youâ€™ll control your addiction 6 days a week!
- Workout Cheat Days â€“ Rest 6 days a week then work out all day for 1 day. Â Less stress and no risk of injury 6 days a week!
- Sleep Cheat Days â€“ Stay awake 6 days then sleep 24 hours in a row.Â Think of all youâ€™ll get done!
These examples are far more extreme and risky than a huge once a week eating binge, right? Ummmmm,