If you keep to a strict diet during the week, you are more likely to fall off your regime at the weekends. There are just too many temptations.
After all, there’s happy hour for drinks with friends and brunch with family. Plus, you’re home all day and if boredom kicks in, you’re probably more tempted to eat snacks. If you’re out running errands, you might find that it’s easier to stop for fast food than to go home and prepare a meal.
A healthy weekend is important because it keeps you from undoing all of your hard work Monday through Friday. So while it’s perfectly fine to indulge now and then, sticking to your good habits on weekends should be your goal. Here’s how.
Pay Attention to Your Healthy Weekend Habits
It’s easy to find yourself watching a movie and eating mindlessly and before you know it, you’ve finished an entire bag of potato crisps or a whole box of chocolates. You probably pay closer attention to what you’re eating during the week and you should be doing the same on the weekends.
Falling into the trap of poor weekend diets can set you back when it comes to your overall wellness. Mindful eating is the key and involves paying attention to the taste and texture of your food while also eating slowly so you can focus on how much you’re eating. This will help you make good food choices as well as the size of the portions you’re eating.
Eat Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
Even if you sleep late on the weekends, it’s still important to eat breakfast when you get up. A healthy morning meal gets your metabolism going and sets the stage for healthy choices throughout the rest of the day. It also helps to regulate your appetite, so you don’t overeat later in the day. A bowl of oatmeal, a couple of eggs, or a smoothie are all nutritious options to get the day started right.
Make Time for Exercise
You shouldn’t skip your workout just because it’s the weekend. In fact, your weekend fitness choices are just as vital as the ones you make during the week. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day as well as a strength training session to keep your progress on track on days off.
Getting outside to exercise is your best choice as you’ll get some vitamin D and fresh air after being trapped in the office all day during the week. Hiking, biking, swimming, or playing a team sport are all fun healthy activities to choose.
Plan Your Meals on the Weekends Too
You probably plan your meals during the week so you can be sure you have the right ingredients and the time to prepare them. Doing the same on the weekends enables you to stay on track with your healthy eating goals and keeps you from getting so hungry that you overeat.
Plan to prep your meals for the weekend and decide ahead of time what you’ll have and it will be so much easier to stick with it. If you know you’ll be eating out, check the venue’s website ahead of time and decide on a couple of healthy meals so that you aren’t tempted by the unhealthy offerings.
Limit the Amount of Alcohol You Drink
It’s fun to go to happy hour with your friends on Friday or Saturday night, but it also pays to be careful how much you drink. Not only does alcohol have calories, but when you drink too much, you lose your inhibitions and may also find yourself eating too much junk food and not being able to account for it later when your head clears.
Try having a glass of water between cocktails to help you slow down and keep from overdoing it.
Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market to Stock Up on Healthy Food
Many towns and cities host at least one farmer’s market on the weekends where you can load up on fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a fun way to spend a morning and you can buy some nutritious things to eat.
It also gives you the chance to get out and get some movement into your day as you walk around. Look up the nearest farmer’s market to your home and plan to get there early for the best options.
Watch Out for Free Food
Many times the supermarket will offer a huge number of free samples on the weekend. If you’re grocery shopping it can be quite tempting to try them all. While it’s only a bite or two here and there, it can add up quickly and completely derail your plans to keep it under control.
Likewise, attending a party or event probably means free cake or junk food. If you can keep your intake limited, you won’t take in as many unneeded calories and won’t have a reason to feel guilty when Monday arrives.
Pick a Day and Time to Indulge a Little
It’s the weekend and it should be a time to let loose and indulge. The trick is to keep the indulgence from lasting all weekend long. Choose a time and day to treat yourself.
Maybe it’s at Sunday morning brunch when you have pancakes, bacon, or doughnuts. Or maybe it’s Saturday night when you have the frozen margarita at the bar. Whatever it is, be sure you stick to that splurge and keep with your program for the rest of your healthy weekend.
Enjoy your weekend but do it in moderation. Have fun but don’t forget to exercise and make good food choices. Indulge but don’t overindulge so much you regret it.
A healthy weekend sets you up for the coming week. If you spend a bit of time on Saturday or Sunday making your plan for the week, it helps you stay in a healthy state of mind. This way you know you’ll be able to stay on track Monday through Friday and can still look forward to and enjoy the weekends.
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