It happens to the best of us. We try to eat healthy Monday through Friday, but then comes the weekend and we ignore healthy eating and neglect our exercise routine. According to a Research published in journal of Obesity, it was found that Saturday is actually the worst enemy for slimmers. In other words, much of their good work carried out over the week was undone at the weekend through eating considerably more.
Below are some tips to be followed for a healthy weekend:
Do not meet your friends over lunch or dinner. When you eat with friends, you usually consume more than you do alone. Researchers suspect that it's not the food but a tendency to lengthen the meal to keep the good times going. Instead, shift your notion of fun to nonfood activities and meet them in some park, art gallery or shopping mall etc.
Squeeze in a longer workout. As you have more free time so you can go for a longer walk, run on treadmill or do cycling a little longer. You can also play badminton or basketball with your kids which apart from a good workout will be a time cherished and loved by both of you. Use the weekend as a time to refresh your workout and get more activity in without feeling rushed.
Stick to your usual sleep schedule. Do not stay up late in the night watching T.V and then waking up very late next day. Staying up too late makes you overeat both at night and the next day as changing your sleep patterns may disturb your natural body rhythm. Just think of all those times you stayed up later than usual, got hungry and ended up eating something unhealthy
Eat like it's a weekday. When you think about it, it doesn't really make much sense to eat differently on the weekend than you do during the week especially if your food choices during the week keep you fueled and energized.
Don't reward yourself with food :If you think you need or deserve to relax or splurge yourself for all the hard work you did the entire week, then catch a movie with your friends, get a massage done or book yourself at the spa instead of rewarding yourself with your favorite pastry, pizza or some high calorie food.
Limit your drinks:Go easy on alcohol as well as soft drinks. Just because you were "good" during the week doesn't mean that it's OK to make up for that with one night of all out binge drinking .
Weigh Yourself: Check your weight on Saturday or Sunday to keep yourself on track.
Moderation is the key : Eat and enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. Deprivation tends to backfire so if you really want a treat, then eat and enjoy it but in small quantityâ€¦â€¦