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Most people nowadays believe that too much discipline results in the complete cessation of any well-thought out discipline. This also applies to dietary programs. In theory, these programs, commonly referred to as diets, are supposed to be so intolerable that periodic holidays with their promise of a culinary reverie are necessary to keep anyone at them for more than a week.

The thinking somehow follows the belief that without weekends and vacations no one would be able to keep at their professional lives.Occasional breaks are supposed to be necessary for averting this catastrophe of simply quitting and becoming adverse to all disciplined effort .

Diets are almost always by definition unpleasant. They allow only certain types of foods in generally very limited quantities. As a result, they most often curb hunger in a very Spiritualistic fashion. It is almost as if they  are constructed only to keep one alive, functioning at mere minimal levels. Whatever may be their actual nature, they are generally thought to be not very much fun.

One of the carrots routinely held in front of the donkey’s nose is the promise of a Saturday splurge, colloquially known as a pig out. Perhaps this is a Saturday at the Golden Arches with two or more Big Macs a real coke (not diet), a large order of fries and possibly a pop tart or two. That is the reward for having made it through a whole week of tofu, brown rice and and herbal tea.

Many think of a fondly sought out Saturday outing such as this as the only way to keep oneself or loved one on a weight loss diet. Perhaps this is most like what a parent would do to induce an overweight child to do what is necessary to correct their obesity problem.

But is this really all that good? Many think that it is. That’s why so many do it. Yet sadly, the result most often is that the one holiday per seven days becomes seven tolerable days with only one serious day of near starvation, commonly called fasting.

A better alternative is to devote time, years if necessary, to creating healthy and appetizing daily eating regularities. This means totally eliminating the Big Macs and what goes with them by making them become unnecessary. That suggests the creation of and adherence to a delightful and healthy way of eating for the entire week. Those who are on programs such as these have no need of weekly blowout, which all too quickly leads only to more of them within the same time frame.

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