Holiday season is often pictured as a gloomy seasons for dieters since many people, dieters and non dieters a like, often gain weight during the holiday season. Although this may be true, people should notice that their biggest threat lies on their weekends instead of their holiday seasons.

For the average people, weekend drinking party or splurge eating may be the culprit of your weight gain. As compensation, people who find that they have overeat during the weekend often ‘punish’ themselves by sticking to a stricter diet regimen during the coming weekdays. Of course we don’t want this to happen since it’s not beneficial in the long run.

If you sum it up, over a year we have around 48 weekends compared to just two major holiday seasons (summer and winter). The calories intake that average people have during weekends is contributed by mainly alcohol and fat. The worst thing is, no matter how much ‘moderation’, healthy snack bar, salad and yogurt we have during the weekdays, we are bound to forget all those damn rules by Friday night. Research published in Obesity Research highlighted that people who are 19 to 50 years old consumed 115 extra calories on weekends which came from alcohol consumption.

While it’s absolutely normal to have fun on weekend, it’s also essential for us to have a little self control handy if we still want to maintain or lose our weight. One of the most sensible things that people can do to minimize the calories intake during the weekend is by reducing the consumption of alcohol. You don’t have to get drunk every weekend! Just drink moderately and save those drinking competition for one or two special occasions.

Another tip is to combine less alcoholic intake with more vigorous physical activities (at least do this before you hit up the club if you have to). Bowling and skating are few examples of good weekend activities before you hit the club later on. Even shopping can bring more good than harm as long as you walk far enough in your shopping venture.

Bottom line, don’t let your weekends habit makes you feel guilty in the coming weekdays. Start by regulating the consumption of alcohol and snacks while increasing your activities during the weekend. Have fun and don’t be wild too often.

10 comments:

  1. Angelina said...

    Well I drink a lot during the weekends. I guess at least I burn a portion of the fat while dancing on the club :P.

  2. Kelly said...

    I guess it's harder for people in Asia to control their eating during the weekend. We (or at least I) are accustomed to have a big family dinner once a week.

  3. Shane said...

    Never thought of it that way, but it does make sense. Definately something to think about.

  4. Leigh said...

    It sure is true that I over indulge at the weekend but I just think that I need some time to exercise my vices! Perhaps not as much though.

  5. Cain said...

    Overindulging at the weekend and during the holidays is fine as long as you do the exercise to compensate for it:)

  6. ♥ Hayley said...
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  8. ♥ Hayley said...

    Cherry! I would love it if you posted an example of what you would eat on the average day. I've been wanting to try the low-carb thing, without actually getting into Atkins (yuck!). So, any tips or basic food suggestions you have would be really cool. :)

  9. Scott said...

    Hi, Cherry, great points here, miss (as usual). I, myself, am one for the weekend indulging. I am not one for drinking too much but I do tend to go a bit overboard with the bad meal consumptions on the weekends.

    Closer attention will have to be paid now that I know Dr Cherry is keeping a close eye ;)

  10. Cherry said...

    Sure we all go overboard on weekend that's normal. The only way to compensate is to do a little more vigorous activities (well I guess dancing all night long is on the list).

    Hayley: I answer in your own blog.



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