Hey there ,
You jumped on a new diet several weeks ago and for the first 2 weeks, you were dialed in.
Things were rolling.
You started to see the scale weight come down a few pounds every week.
You started sleeping better.
You started exercising regularly.
And one morning you wake up and you had to tighten the belt one more notch.
Things were on pace.
Then all of a sudden the progress stalls. Completely dead in its tracks.
No weight loss for weeks. Your diet is not working.
You start to get incredibly frustrated and you can’t quite figure out what the heck is going on.
You start thinking, “I think my body is adapting to the calories” or “It must be my hormones”.
But… in reality, here is one reason why you may be seeing stalled progress…
Look, I get it.
Friday night is date night in our house whenever possible.
The last thing I really want to do is be diligent with tracking my food on the weekends, but here is a perfect example of why you should make sure your weekends are on point.
Imagine Monday through Friday you absolutely crush it… then on Saturday and Sunday you don’t track, overeat a bit at each mean and end up in a decent surplus.
Two days of your week can erase almost an entire week’s worth of progress.
Having two days where you don’t track or don’t follow the plan can actually negate almost an entire week of work.
AND… it turns out that most Americans do eat a fair bit more on the weekends than they do during the week.
Now… let’s change the scenario a bit and see how it plays out.
Let’s say you plan for your weekends and want a few more calories during date night but you plan for it, and you keep your deficit, but you just make it a bit smaller so you can fit in the appetizer on Friday night and a drink on Saturday.
Here is what that looks like.
Here is the takeaway.
If your progress is stalled or you are not quite reaching the goals you are looking to achieve, start by taking a look at your weekends.
See if there are major wins to be had on your weekends and if there is room to make some extra moves there.
That may make ALL the difference.