When starting a new diet or fitness plan, most of us will likely do it on a Monday. With Monday being the start of a new week, it seems a logical time to start something new. But did you know that Monday can be the worst day to start with your detox or diet? Find out why and what the alternative is.
If you ask people who have gone on a diet or a cleanse in the past, very few of them will have started it right in the middle of the week. Chances are good they will have taken up their new health routine on a Monday. This may seem sensible seeing that most of us think of Monday as the beginning of a new week. But the thing is, Monday can be the hardest day if you want to start a detox, and that’s not just because Mondays are already a pain.
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has just recently published a new paper about people’s average eating pattern. It’s not exactly shocking that the researchers found that we consume most carbs on Fridays and Saturdays and that we eat the most on Saturdays and Sundays. Therefore, our time off from Friday to Sunday is load the most calories, including eating and drinking alcohol.
The problem here is that when we indulge in foods and drinks over the weekend, it makes starting a detox on Monday much more difficult. This comes down to what nutrition experts call an unhealthy “all or nothing mentality” that doesn’t benefit our efforts. In other words, you will be even more tempted by residual cravings from the weekend, and there will be a higher risk that you might cave in
But the fact that you may have consumed larger amounts of foods and drink at the weekend isn’t the only reason that Monday is a bad day to start cleansing.
One other problem with Mondays is that we may feel tired and exhausted from our weekend activities, especially if alcohol was involved. This is especially true if said activities lead to less quality sleep—like clubbing. When Monday shows up, we normally feel tired, which makes our body crave more fatty carbs than usual in an effort to regain energy. Obviously, this also makes it a rather unfortunate time to start a detox.
What can help you increase your chance of a successful detox is to drop the mindset that you need to start it on a certain day or spend a set week doing it. Detoxing is not about starting on Monday and being done with it on the next. It’s about a healthy change to your lifestyle as a whole! And it’s not about “all or nothing” where you’d be allowed to indulge on same days and would have to abstain on the next.
Since a detox is so much more than a “healthy week,” the first thing to realize is that you can start with it at any day. It doesn’t need to be on a Monday and you probably shouldn’t, for the above reasons. Making a fundamental change suddenly can be difficult, so starting mid-week, such as a Wednesday, can make a transition to a healthier lifestyle much easier.
Likewise, you should never see your detox or diet as something you “have to” do, where you are not allowed even the smallest treat on occasion. The more relaxed your mindset when you are detoxing, the better are your chances that you will be successful!