It’s the end of a weekend, or a holiday, or a vacation day, and you start thinking of all the foods that you want to eat. You have… The Last Supper syndrome.
OK – it’s not a real syndrome. But eating too much over the weekend and holidays happens. Your brain starts talking to you about how great it will be to have some more hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and, of course, dessert. You think it’s the last time you’re ever going to eat any of this food. You go overboard.
What you may not hear is your brain adding that you can restart your diet – and all the related deprivation and sacrifice – on Monday. It’s the classic dieter’s mentality from the 80s and 90s.
And it backfires on you – physically and mentally, as you beat yourself up and feel horrible. That’s no way to live, and it’s no way to get lasting and sustainable weight loss.
Here are 3 tips to get over your Last Supper syndrome and stop overeating on weekends and holiday.
#1: There is no Monday.
There is only today, this moment. You can make whatever choice you want. Those decisions are either propelling you toward your goals or away from your goals.
#2: No foods are off-limits.
Really. Don’t let anyone confuse you or pressure about what you should or should not be eating. Certainly, some foods are higher quality than others, but if you want to eat Oreo® cookies, you can fit them into your foods and still lose weight.
#3: Give yourself permission to enjoy the foods that you want to eat.
Food is supposed to be enjoyable, right? Of course, don’t go overboard. If you want a hamburger, don’t have four hamburgers. Have one hamburger, enjoy it, and move on. It’s all about the lifestyle changes that ensure you can fit in what you want to eat, and get the results that you want to achieve.