Let’s face it, we are always trying follow our diets and be ‘good’ every single day. Some days we do a great job and feel great about it, while other days we ‘cheat’ and feel discouraged about it. In reality it is definitely hard to stay consistent day to day. We have lives, we have family obligations, and we have things that can get in the way every day. Being consistent everyday makes things that much more difficult and more often than not leads to people being discouraged with themselves, their diet, and eventually causes people to quit.
We need to start thinking by the weeks not by the days. Days will fluctuate all the time, but the most important thing is that our weeks stay consistent with your goals. This will help us not only give ourselves a break from the daily stresses of dieting, but also we won’t feel discouraged about just one bad day of the week. It takes a deficit of 3500 calories to burn a pound and vice versa to gain a pound. As long as your weekly deficit falls in line with some type of relative deficit, then you are on your way to achieving your desired outcome. Many people like to try and reduce their daily calories by 500 a day because after a week of that, it will be one pound. The hardest part about this are those days when we have family dinners, and other things of that nature that go on in our daily lives. One day we could feel super hungry and have a surplus of 500, and feel discouraged the next couple of days. We need to focus on just the week results, as long as you are at some type of deficit you will slowly but surely get to where you want to go! As long as weekly, you are lowering your calories you will absolutely achieve your goals even if it’s not 3500 calorie deficit a week!
So, stop stressing about every single day, and start getting excited that each week you have some type of deficit because every one less calorie is one step closer to what you want, and you should feel great that you are on your way every week!
Scott Friedman- B.S in Kinesiology,
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.