From Friday night to Sunday night, even when I am on a diet, I have a really hard time controlling what I eat and drink. My problem is that because I work all day during the week, I normally have my meals planned, and they are normally fairly healthy. On the weekend, I eat anything set in front of me, and normally do more social activities (which normally involve food/drinks). It is likely that I will have two-three beers or glasses of wine at night instead of my usual zero-one. And it is likely that I will wake up and make a huge breakfast, and then continue to snack until I have pushed off my lunch to much later.
I’m sure that other people struggle with this too, and so I wanted to see if there were any studies I could find on how much this was really affecting my weight and my health.
|Recent temptations at a Bachelorette Party for one of my friends.|
That cheese was so good! Oh, and the wine...
Other study results that are a bit older, from 2003, show that we consume about 115 more calories per day on the weekend (Friday through Sunday). At that rate, in one year, if we didn’t lose or gain any weight on week days, we would eat 17,940 extra calories – the equivalent of 5 pounds. And the majority of those calories come from fat and alcohol. Yumm….
So, as we approach Superbowl Sunday, I am offering this link to a story from a nutrition blogger who recently nagged at his readers for making unhealthy decisions on the weekend. I’m not going to nag at you because I’m one of you, so I will let him tell us all how it is.
Do you normally eat and drink more on the weekends? Do you work out more or less?
Any tips for how I can avoid shoving my face once Friday rolls around?