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If you’re cheating on your diet, then you should probably break-up with it

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Yes, the above post is undoubtedly very cute. Using emojis is a fun way to make your point. However, I would argue that if you are struggling with your weight that you should actually reverse the suggestion by Dr Nadolsky.

I’m not saying, eat unhealthy food all day every day. I’m saying, take some of those “treat” foods from the weekend and enjoy them whenever you feel like it. Something more along these lines:

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If you’re struggling with your weight and you’re eating super healthy through the week and then you “undo” all your hard work by eating a bunch of crap on the weekend your problem is not the weekend. Your problem is the week. If your workweek diet is very restrictive and doesn’t allow room for treats, or carbs, or entire food groups, then it’s not a sustainable way of eating. If you feel deprived during the week, then it’s not a sustainable way of eating. If you can’t continue to eat the way you eat during the week through the weekend, then it’s not a sustainable way of eating. If your diet through the week is devoid of pleasure, then it’s not a sustainable way of eating. If you’re cheating on your diet whether it be for one day a week, or all weekend, then you should probably break-up with it.

Regardless of your weight, your diet should be one that you enjoy. That provides you with nourishment and pleasure. You should be able to enjoy your food every damn day of the week.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

4 thoughts on “If you’re cheating on your diet, then you should probably break-up with it

  1. This is a perfect post! Simple, obvious but meaningful! The title is great!
    As a PDt, I tried all those ‘healthy’ diets and failed. It wasn’t until I started using myfitness pal and just eating the way I wanted but tracking calories (yes nutrients too) and going for a walk if I wanted wine with dinner, that things just worked.

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  2. Great post! Oh Diana, you have such smart friends! :) (In my book I call this the “penance principle” when dieters believe they must suffer in order to lose weight.) I hope new readers get the hint that the only good “diet” plan is one a person can stay on for life. Perhaps it’s because you think as I think, but I never see a “crazy” suggestion in your posts, :) Way to go smart lady . . .

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