I was wondering: where did we get the idea of starting a diet on Monday? Is it because it is the beginning of the traditional workweek? We want to have one last hoorah of an eating binge over the weekend (like most other addicts we need to have one more last…….) How were we socialized into believing this is the best day to start eating right? If we can start on this day, AND we can make it through the week, what happens on Friday night? Do we reward ourselves for good behavior by binging again over the weekend? Which essentially only negates any calorie deficit that we may have accumulated. Worse yet, many people who begin the week with all good intentions only make it until Tuesday Evening, with a voice in the back of their heads “I can start NEXT Monday”: now we have allowed ourselves a 6-day-binge. I search for “starting a diet on a Monday” I quickly find Good Housekeeping’s helpful article “The Monday Diet”…. now that’s a big help! In my imagination this habit started in the 50’s, I can clearly invision a Campbell’s advertisement telling us that we can start eating their healthy soup on Monday night – and our lives will be filled with JOY and we will live FOREVER…. wonderful things will happen! I guess the bottom line here is that we need to decide that we are going to be healthy . That means we should eat whole foods and add activity into our routines – this can be done any day of the week! If it happens to be Monday then go for it, but Tuesday or Thursdays are just as good.
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