Ways to Avoid Weekend Weight-Gain

We all do this, we diet all week and then from Friday night until Sunday night we go crazy drinking and eating and snacking and going to restaurants and gain back everything we lost during the week and usually more.

Weekend weight-gain seems to creep up on you. How? It’s so easy to get in the mind frame of “I’ve been good all week, so I deserve to splurge this weekend!” Those free-for-all weekends add up to pounds gained quicker than you’d expect. Here are some simple ways to avoid weekend weight gain:

  1. Stock Your Staples

    If your fridge and pantry aren’t stocked with the healthy foods you need, you will have no choice but to eat whatever is within reach (or within a phone call to the pizza place). Friday morning, take stock of your staples and drop by the store on your way home to purchase what is low or missing.

  1. Be Smart, Don’t Skip

    If you are planning to go out with friends for a non-diet-friendly meal Saturday night, try to eat lighter at home throughout the day. But whatever you do, don’t skip meals to “save up” for the outing. Your appetite will get the best of you and you will inevitably overeat. (You may even be likely to consume more calories than you would normally have if you’d eaten three meals instead of just one.)

  2. Review Your Week

    Take some extra time to look at your food diary and spot any major diet mistakes. The weekend is a perfect time to review your progress, identify areas for improvement, and make plans for alternatives.

  3. Get Out

    Some weekends are so quiet that I feel like the only soul on the planet. I know the longer I am at home alone, the more I will eat and the less active I will be, so I make a point to get out instead of sticking around the house: Window-shopping, checking out what’s new at the library, or going to the park are my favorite calorie-free, cost-free distractions.

  4. Keep Your Brain Busy

    Under the weather? Keep your mind active doing puzzles, reading a book, playing computer games, communicating with online friends, or writing in your journal. You will be less likely to mindlessly snack when you stay focused on something else. We don’t realize it but watching TV is a mindless activity and because of the commercials we tend to snack while we watch TV.

  5. Try It, You Might Like It

    Sit down and make a long list of all the hobbies or activities you’d like to try in the near future, such as finally joining your co-workers for paintball or taking that hike you’ve been thinking about. Post your list on the fridge and add new ideas as they come to you. Before the weekend arrives, make plans to follow through with one of your ideas.

  6. Relax and Renew

    You don’t have to save all your special treats for when you hit that 10-pounds-lost goal you’ve been working toward. You still deserve a little luxury — even if you’ve slowed down your “losing” progress. Instead, ditch that all-or-nothingthinking and proceed with pampering yourself. A long bubble bath, an at-home spa treatment, or a new novel will fit the bill.

  7. Lift Your Spirits

    Even if you are not religious, consider doing something of a spiritual nature over the weekend. If an experience truly restores your soul, you will be less likely to fill up on food and more likely to face your week with a renewed sense of purpose, which can come in handy if the weekend has been less-than-perfect on the weight-loss front.

  8. Make a Fresh Start

    Speaking of that less-than-perfect weekend: Remind yourself that every single day is a fresh start. There is no need to give up altogether even if you’ve had your second (or third) really bad weekend in a row. Start your workweek off on the right foot. Have a healthy breakfast and pack or plan a diet-friendly lunch. Getting right back on track will give your motivation a boost and help you focus on making this a great week.

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