The weekend isn’t just about getting away from work and rejuvenating your mood and energy levels. It’s also about your diet.
For many, the weekend is a time to celebrate. You’re off of work, the big game is on, and there’s nothing keeping you from that tub of ice cream that’s calling your name. But what if your weekend could be about something better? What if you look back over the week, take a hard look at where you failed and succeeded, and took the weekend as an opportunity to prepare for success in the coming week?
That’s where the weekend diet comes into play. Yes, it takes some work, but it’s well worth it. Because in a few months, instead of putting on a few pounds due to your no-dietary-restriction weekend, you’ll be slimmer and feel better than you have in years.
Here’s how to get started.
1. Evaluate the Week
Some people don’t struggle with maintaining their diet, Monday through Friday. These people can get by with a little indulgence over the weekend. Whether this is a thin sliver of cake or a beloved cup of overly indulgent coffee, these breaks in an otherwise healthy routine do wonders to keep the healthy routine in tact.
If, however, you find yourself indulging in small or large ways Monday through Friday, a weekend diet plan could very well set you on a healthier course for the week to come. Think your week’s routine could handle a steroid shot? Keep reading.
2. Adopt the Right Mindset
Yes, you could easily see a weekend diet as a horrendous way to spend a weekend. Or if you have an eye on the future, you could view it as a positive step in the direction you want to head. So before you begin the weekend diet, you’ll need to ask yourself what health goals you want to reach and if you’re willing to use your weekends to meet these goals.
Everyone who is willing to put up a fight during the weekend should move on to the next point. For those whose weekend is more important than their health goals, it may be time to work with your trainer to reevaluate those goals.
3. Go Full Throttle
Want your weekend to jumpstart a week of healthy eating? Then you’ll need to make every bite count. It’s recommended that those considering the weekend diet choose to eat 1,200 calories a day on the weekend. If your normal diet is higher than this, this can be a difficult task. But talk it over with your trainer and dietitian. If they feel it is safe, you’re good to go. You’ll just need some will power.
To make sure those calories get you through the weekend without causing a mental breakdown, drink plenty of water and choose the proper foods. Go with those that are high in protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. This will help you get full and stay that way until Monday arrives and you return to your regularly scheduled diet routine. With this reset in your dietary ways, Monday may be a relief. As a result, you may find that sticking to your diet Monday through Friday is easier than you ever imagined.
Do it for a few weeks or months in a row and you may find such success throughout the week that you can turn your weekend into a more relaxed dietary affair. Just be careful! Get too slothful over the break and your previous weekday habits may sneak back up on you, causing you to lose the gains you work so hard to reach.
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