Saturday pig-out

You may have seen diets that include a “free day” once a week. What this means is that you eat cleanly for six days and then one day a week you can eat whatever you want to eat.

Actually this is a method that works quite well and there are a number of reasons for this. First of all from a physiological point of view if you eat well six days of the week and on the seventh day you pig out, it’s okay.

Secondly from a psychological point of view this also really works well. Let’s say you chosen your free day to be Saturday. On Tuesday or Wednesday you can begin to look forward to your free day which just also happens to be the weekend which you look forward to anyway.  Let’s say you chosen to eat pizza Saturday night. Again, you’ve been eating really clean all week. After the first few bites you may feel sort of sick. This is really a good thing because what happens is as a result of feeling sort of sick, you’ll end up not really eating way too much.

The reason for this is that your system has become accustomed to clean fibrous healthy choices that aren’t laden with grease, salt or other chemicals for six days straight and now you’re flooding your digestive system with unhealthy choices and your body will rebel by making you feel sort of sick.

Now it’s Sunday and you feel really bad about pigging out Saturday. This illustrates the other psychological factor. Since you feel so bad about Saturday night it’s easy to muster the resolve to start again Monday.

This  really does work and is a very powerful method for long-term success. Try it sometime. Actually, many hard-core bodybuilders use this method year-round. It tends to keep them on course and not let them get way out of shape.

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