How to make sure this
weekend doesn’t ruin your diet
With a recent survey finding that people can consume up to 10 000 calories over the weekend, thanks to late night snacking, eating out and binge drinking, it seems like a pretty good time to talk about preventing weekend weight gain. It seems for many of us, a week of relatively well controlled eating is quickly replaced with overeating and over drinking come Fridays at 4pm.
While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the weekend with plenty of good food, wine and company, a weekly ritual of consuming many, many more calories than anyone needs, simply because it is the weekend is a habit that needs to be broken.
It appears that we get things wrong on weekends due to three main factors;
These extra calories, combined with far less activity mean that you can easily gain a kg or two, in just a couple of days which can render the effort you have put into your diet and training during the week pointless. So, if your goal is to avoid weekend weight gain, and at least keep your weight stable, here are the key things you need to do.
First and foremost, remember that if you are eating meals away from the home, you will consume at least 300-500 extra calories. Large serving sizes, extra coffees, sauces and oils mean a calorie overload, even if you are making ‘healthy’ choices from the menu. Now knowing this does not mean that you have to forgo dining out altogether but it may mean some simple behavioural changes can go a long way in helping to control your calorie intake.
When it comes to the alcohol, self-control is the key. A highly controlled intake of wine and beer during the week is pointless if you then down 2-3 bottles of wine or 10-15 beers in a sitting over the weekend.
Finally but perhaps most importantly, a key aspect of not letting your weekends become a complete calorie overload is to keep your basic food rules at the forefront of your mind.
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22 Mar 2016