The reasons diets don’t work are many. You may starve your body of essential nutrients you need.

People on low carb, high protein diets often lack energy and eventually may do damage to their internal organs. Extreme low fat or no fat diets may make it hard for brain function, among other things. It is imperative to give your body the essential nutrients it needs to sculpt the physique you want.

Let’s just assume that you are eating healthy and getting a good balance of high quality protein, carbs, and fat. You are eating properly portioned sized meals and healthy snacks throughout the day. And just like everyone who’s ever been on a diet experiences, you start to crave pizza, bread, ice cream, beer, chocolate cake, etc. Does it mean you can never eat this stuff again? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, it is a good idea to splurge and over eat ONE day a week! Eat whatever you want and however much you want.

Over eating one day a week has TWO main benefits: one is biological and the other is psychological.

The biological benefit is your body tends to store what it rarely sees or does not get enough of. If you don’t drink enough water, you will retain it like a camel. When you start drinking the amount of water your body needs, you will find yourself making frequent trips to the restroom at first as your body is flushing out the fluid it has retained.

When you are trying to lose weight, you are more than likely running on a calorie deficit – either by eating less or burning calories through working out. (Still with me? Your goal is to burn more calories than consumed.) Once a week when you over indulge, your body realizes that you aren’t trying to kill it and has no problem not storing the excess. ** Note ** You can over do this. Don’t over eat to the point that you feel like you are going to explode. I have learned from experience this doesn’t work.

The psychological benefit is it helps you stay the course. At the beginning of an effective workout and eating program you may become overwhelmed or frustrated. You may begin to miss some of your favorite foods or drink. This can make it very hard to keep going.

Having one day a week to look forward to eating whatever you want will give you the mental boost and determination you need to make it. Even when you are feeling better by feeding yourself the right nutrients, you will look forward to this day.

Now… Having said all this, you may eventually come to the point that you don’t miss the other things that used to make your belly happy. You get to really enjoy how eating healthy makes you feel. You find recipes that taste great, and all the ingredients are very good for you. I never thought I would really like cottage cheese. Now there are times when I crave it like I used to crave hamburgers.

In all of this, make sure you listen to your body. If you eat something that makes you feel not too great afterward, stop eating it. If you realize you ate too much, eat a little less next time. Your body won’t lie to you. It will tell you what it needs if you listen.

Plan one day each week to over eat. If you have a day where you got off track in your eating plan, use that as your over indulge day and skip the day you planned. If you do fail during the week, give yourself the grace you deserve and move on and don’t beat yourself up about it. Don’t let it become a habit, but let the past be the past.

Six days a week be sensible. One day a week go crazy!

To your Health and Success!