Are weekends ruining your healthy eating goals?
By Amy Pozzar
Do you manage to stick to a healthy diet during the week, but feel like you un-do all your hard work on the weekend? You’re not alone! In fact, research shows that our unhealthiest days of the week are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. According to data obtained from the diet-tracking app The Eatery, on average we eat our unhealthiest lunch on Friday, the unhealthiest dinner on Saturdays and generally eat the unhealthiest, the latest and the most on Sundays. While this is not really surprising, it does clearly point out which areas of our lifestyle may need some fixing.
For most people, the weekend usually signifies a reason to let loose, relax and live it up a little. However, this way of thinking can often cause us to fall into the trap of binging, making unhealthy choices and over-consuming on weekends. So what can we do to make sure we don’t ruin our progress? Whether your goal is to maintain a healthy diet or frequently exercise, here are some handy tips to keep you on track.
It sounds simple enough, but eating in provides you with the opportunity to make healthier choices and avoid binging. Whether it’s with a friend, family or a partner, making a meal together is fun in itself and the plus side is you know what’s going into your body. Say goodbye to hidden nasties, and hello to fresh, wholesome food! Dinner parties serve as a great social event, and if each guest brings something along it’s less work all round.
A simple delight is getting the best flavours out of grill-quality meats and vegetables. Whether you’re on holiday, at the park, or at home, barbecues are a great and healthy way to enjoy a meal in company without having to ruin your healthy lifestyle progress. Just make sure to pair the star of the plate with plenty of fresh vegetables!
Limit your alcohol
Whether you’re kicking back at home or going out with friends, alcohol always seems to sneak its way into your weekend plans. The important thing to remember is to always make water your first choice. Guzzle down a few glasses before you order a meal or a drink, and pace yourself. Avoid the sugary stuff, and opt for hard ciders if you want to stick to your healthy diet. Don’t forget alcohol means lowered inhibitions, which can result in poor food choices. So drink no more than three glasses of alcohol, and squeeze in some extra exercise if possible.
Socialise over activity, not food
One of the more challenging steps, but also the best way to avoid ruining your health goals is to shift your focus from food to activity when it comes to socialising. Change your idea of fun so that it doesn’t always revolve around food. An alternative is organising a trip to a nearby town, beach or park for your next outing with friends or family. Experience new sights and pack your lunch for fuel along the way. Similarly, why not explore your habitat? There are bound to be hiking trails, look outs and riding tracks in your area. Getting amongst nature and getting physical with good company is always fun. Consider it an adventure!