How many of you stay on track during the week, only to undo all your hard work on the weekend?
Research has shown that weekend eating is indeed a major factor in weight control. One University of Pittsburgh study asked more than 600 participants to keep track of the foods eaten by everyone in their household over a two week period. The study found that those who ate more on weekends did so at all three meals consuming as much as 20% more overall, a habit that could lead to a 10 pound weight gain in a year’s time. If you tend to get side-tracked on Saturday and Sunday, or maybe starting Friday night, try these tips to stay on track….you will be happy you did come Monday morning!
Plan your splurge
Sometimes the weekend can feel like an “anything goes mini-vacation” but planning ahead really can prevent Monday morning regret. As the weekend approaches, choose one or two splurge meals (maybe a popcorn at the movies or a Sunday brunch) and commit to eating healthfully at all your other meals. With 52 weekends a year to enjoy, you’ll have plenty more splurges to look forward to!
Switch up your social calendar
Many of our Get Fit Now Fitness Studio members fall into food-as-entertainment ruts with significant others, friends, and family members. Break the cycle. Instead of going to happy hour, go out for ice cream, suggest something different, from a fun class (dance, art, healthy cooking) to visiting the current exhibit at a local museum, or doing something outside, like going to a park (there are so many awesome parks in the Atlanta area – Piedmont Park is our personal favorite), take a hike, or visit a fresh farmers market. Click here for a list of events at Piedmont Park –> http://goo.gl/NDmhHB
Listen to your body.
During the week your meals may be dictated by your work schedule, but when you don’t have a set schedule it’s easy to wind up eating all day, especially if you sleep through breakfast, which can throw your appetite off. This weekend, try an experiment: when an eating opportunity presents itself, stop and check in with your body to see if you’re hungry. If you don’t have any physical signs of hunger, like a growling belly, wait. And when you are hungry, slow down and stop when you feel full, not stuffed, even if you haven’t cleaned your plate. This single simple habit is powerful enough to prevent you from overdoing is so you won’t “outgrow” your jeans by this time next year. =)
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Here’s to the weekend! Make it spectacular!
Committed to your success,