So it’s that time, you’ve decided now is the perfect opportunity to go on a diet.
You’ve been putting it off for ages, you’ve been telling yourself you’ll start ‘next week’ and next week is now two years later.
Your pants are getting tighter and you don’t want to have to buy a new wardrobe full of clothes.
So it’s onto the diet you go.
The good news is that you’re not alone.
If you’re reading this as of June 2019 I am also dieting.
Summer is coming and I’d like to get pretty lean for it, so I am also on a diet.
But this isn’t about me, this is about you!
The reason I want to write this article for you is that I want you to make it as easy as possible to stick to, without giving up the foods you love.
In this article, you’re going to learn how you can still have a few drinks, eat the foods you love and not give up your social life while dieting.
So let’s dive right in!
The Problem With Linear Dieting
When you start a diet, the first thing you probably did was figure out how many calories you need to eat a day to lose weight.
The calculator you used spat you out a random number and said eat this much every day.
Then it told you about how much protein, carbs and fats you need to eat to hit your calorie goal.
The problem with this is that it’s expecting you to eat the same number of calories Monday to Sunday.
Which is fine, if you’re a robot.
But you’re not a robot, you’re human and linear dieting is boring.
For you reading this, it’s going to be much harder to stick to the same number of calories on the weekend as you do during the week.
This is because you have structure Monday to Friday.
You have work, you have a break at a certain time where you eat lunch, you have a Netflix show you watch at 8 pm every night.
Monday to Friday you’re in a certain rhythm that’s easy to follow (for the most part) and that makes it easy to stick to your calorie goals and eat in a routine.
However, when the weekend rolls around, it all changes.
Your eating becomes infrequent, you go out for drinks, you have social events and a whole lot more going on that just throws structure out the window.
For this reason, sticking to your calorie goal is going to be quite tough.
So what do you do?
Living For The Weekend
I like to teach my online clients how to “live for the weekend” so they can enjoy themselves.
This doesn’t mean you can have 12 drinks and a kebab after a late night out.
This means if you want to have a drink or two, you can.
If you want to go out to dinner for a good steak and a wine you can.
It’s all about managing what you do for the week.
The cool thing about calories is that it’s like a bank account.
Let’s say you’ve been told you need to eat 2000 calories a day to lose weight.
That equals 14,000 calories a week.
So if you have 14,000 calories in your “bank account” you can use that however you want.
This means if you want to enjoy yourself for the weekend, you can “save” your calories for Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s an example.
Instead of eating 2,000 calories every day, you eat 1500 calories Monday – Friday.
You just go about your normal life, working, eating at roughly the same times and having structure.
Come Saturday, you’ve still got 6500 calories to play with.
That’s 3250 calories a day.
You can have a good dinner with two or three wines if you wanted to.
You could even have a few slices of pizza with your mates.
Or if you’re like me, some Sunday arvo cheese and crackers while watching Rick And Morty.
That’s the beauty of your “calories account”, you use it to fit your lifestyle.
Just remember, If you go over your calorie limit you’re overdrawn.
This means you will be penalised by not losing weight.
But if you play it smart and don’t overdraw you will lose weight.
Making Weight Loss Sustainable
This is a much better way in my opinion to diet.
This suits you much better because it fits your social life.
But remember, it’s not the only way that you have to do it.
If your social night is Wednesday night, then you change your calories to suit your life.
As long as you follow something that suits your life that’s the most important.
You don’t have to give up everything you love in order to reach your weight loss goal.
A quick reminder though is that you can’t have whatever you want whenever you want.
You will still have to show restraint and have two or three drinks instead of 12.
You will have to say no to the extra slice of cake or say no to eating a whole pizza.
There still will be sacrifices but just not as much as most people tell you that you will have to make.