Written by Paul Hodges, General Manager @ O2 Fitness Brennan
Weight loss depends on the amount of food you eat and exercise. Exercise more to lose weight and count your calories to stay within your daily limit. Some people seem to master this on weekdays when they are on a strict schedule. But it all goes out the window once the weekend arrives! TGIF!
It is still important to watch your total caloric intake on the weekends. If you plan on attending a party this weekend, for example, have a plan in place before you go.
9 Ways to Control Weekend Eating
1 Plan ahead.
2 Watch portion sizes.
3 Minimize the number of meals you eat at restaurants.
4 Beware of buffet style restaurants.
5 Concentrate on people and conversation over food.
6 Offset weekend eating with extra exercise.
7 Track your daily calories on the weekends.
8 Change your lifestyle to incorporate healthy food choices on the weekend.
9 If you must eat dessert, share with a few people and only take a couple of bites
Start by balancing the extra calories with extra exercise. A morning bike ride or a long hike might not cancel out a brownie sundae, but it can help you burn more fat than you would by doing nothing. The other thing is that you can't wait until the party to eat and walk in starving. Eat a sensible breakfast, a light lunch with protein to keep you feeling full longer and even have a healthy snack before you go.
Keep your weight loss goals in mind when you attend weekend parties and social events. Remember all of the hard work you put in over the past week and know that making a few poor food choices on the weekend can sabotage your entire week's dieting efforts.
Choose your foods carefully. Load up on fruits, vegetables and lean meats whenever possible. Be careful with sauces, dressings and desserts as they can be heavy in calories and fat.
For more tips, check out this website on keeping the "skinny" in your weekends.