My favourite thing about the weekend is deciding where to eat. Will I try some place new or return to a tried and tested local hero? But, I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes relax my eating habits a little too much on the weekend.
In the July issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine we look at three reasons why we often gain weight over the weekend, and some strategies to overcome it. For me, it’s starting the day with a long power walk — before I can make an excuse not to do it!
Here are three of the sneaky saboteurs who can undermine your healthy weekday habits.
1) Happy hour
Relaxing over a glass or two of wine means you’re enjoying it in moderation. But liquid kilojoules add up fast — and alcohol stimulates your appetite, which makes it easy to overeat those high-fat nibbles from the bar (hot chips, anyone?). So, if you drink more than four glasses over two hours, your resolve to stay on track can quickly evaporate.
HFG tip: Set a limit and stick to it.
2) The weekend sleep-in
You might have heard that a lack of sleep can trigger overeating and weight gain, but did you know getting too much sleep can do the same? Researchers in Finland have found that people who go to bed late and rise late (‘night owls’) sleep worse, have poorer eating habits and are less physically active than ‘early birds’. So all that extra sleep could put you at risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the future.
HFG tip: Catch up with friends over a morning walk on weekends.
3) Dining out
From café breakfasts and pub meals, to the movie theatre, food court or canteen at the local sporting ground, making healthy food choices during your weekend adventures can be tricky — and eating out regularly can also become expensive!
HFG tip: Share a main meal to reduce kilojoules and add a tasty salad for satiety.
For more tips and tricks to eating well and moving more over the weekend, pick up the July issue of Healthy Food Guide – on sale now.