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.
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:
These examples are far more extreme and risky than a huge once a week eating binge, right? Ummmmm,