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Monday, January 12, 2009
Avoiding Weekend Weight Gain
So it's Monday and you're feeling guilty about all the treats you had over the weekend. The weekends seem to be the hardest when trying to follow a diet or change your eating habits. I know for me, winter is especially hard. The winters here in Michigan are cold and gray so it's hard to get outdoors to be active. Not only that, I crave all the rich and heavy meals. Here are some great tips that I stumbled upon to avoid the weekend weight gain.
Weigh yourself regularly - weigh in on Friday mornings and again on Monday mornings. Knowing that you have to weigh again on Monday will help you through the weekend.
Focus on eating healthy - stock up on healthy snacks like fruit and veggies, popcorn, and nuts. Make a pot of chili earlier in the week to enjoy on the weekends. Eat high fiber and low-fat proteins to make you feel satisfied longer.
Plan ahead - if you're planning a dinner out, eat a salad for snack before you go. Take snacks along in the car if you'll be out shopping or running errands.
Watch your portion sizes - the size of a baseball equals a cup serving of fruits or veggies, the size of a golf ball is equal to a serving of nuts or peanut butter, and a deck of cards equals a serving of meat.
Let's get physical - get off the couch and hit the road! Take the dog for a walk, go sledding or walk around the mall. Take the stairs and park your car far out in the parking lot.
Eat a healthy breakfast - stick to eggs and egg whites for protein, high fiber toast and fruit will keep you satisfied far longer than a stack of pancakes drenched in syrup.
Think thin - keep your goals in mind.
Watch the beverage calories - alcholic drinks can pack as many calories as a full meal so beware. Also beware of fruit juice and regular pop.
Eat at home - not only will you save money, you'll save over 30% in calories on average.