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Don't Let the Weekend Slow You Down

Don't Let the Weekend Slow You Down

I like to think of dieting as a lifestyle change, not just a means of limiting calories. This means when the weekend rolls around, you need to continue your healthy lifestyle and forgo the many splurges Saturday and Sunday can offer, like brunch and extra cocktails.

New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that dieters tend to eat more calories on the weekend. Eating more calories than you expend means you slow down weight loss. I think an occasional splurge is OK, but two days of consistent splurges can make the needle on the scale stagnate, or even worse head in the wrong direction.

Going "weekend casual" doesn't mean you can let your willpower off the hook. Watch your portions of both food and alcohol. Plan ahead just like you do during the week. Don't sabotage your hard earned week of work in two days.

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sldc sldc 8 years
My vote is for the weekend splurge within reason.
missyd missyd 8 years
I am so tired of conflicting information......... I read just a few days ago on another health site that it is good to increase your calories one day a week to keep your body from getting too used to the low calories, to "keep it guessing" kind of so it doesn't adjust to the lower cals and stop losing weight. Soooo which is it......... I say do whatever works for YOU
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I have been so bad this weekend! Burgers, beer, pizza, beer...
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
yeah i'm terrible on the weekends, too.
zastone zastone 8 years
I've heard it's good to sometimes it's good to increase your calories for a day or two if you've been limiting your calories. I don't remember what the scientific terms is but it kind of prevents your body from getting used to a lower calories intake and down-regulating your metabolism. The increase should only be a few hundred calories but it is enough for a treat or two on the weekend.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't usually eat much differently on the weekends than I do during the week, but I do take a day off from working out on either Saturday or Sunday to give my body a break.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I always gave myself the weekends off, not going insane, but eating whatever I wanted ...
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I'm AWFUL on the weekends. Brunch with friends, family dinners, weddings, etc. For example, tonight I'm going to a big fat Greek wedding, and I just know my willpower is going to go out the window.
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