Dieters and non-dieters have a difference of opinion about when the week begins. For non-dieters the week begins on Sunday.
Many women with a dieting history and recurrent weight loss (and I was one) begin a new diet on a Monday. There are several reasons for starting a diet on Monday:
For example, the dieter may feel she can eat whatever she wants on weekends confident that on Monday she can begin dieting with a clean slate. It's Monday. Hurray! I'm off to a fresh start!
Now it's Wednesday. Hopes for a quick result dips. Does stress build-up? Then Friday arrives. Spirits rise. Might I even relax a little? So my diet slips and I eat too much. It's okay though because on Monday I can start dieting again - another fresh start!Questions like these might help you understand why you chose to diet:
- Am I dieting because I want to be more sexy, attractive, beautiful?
- Am I dieting because I want to be more loved, nurtured and cherished?
- Am I dieting because I want to beat mid-life aging?
When you look at the dieting mindset this way, does starting a dieting week on Sunday or Monday make any difference?