by Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT (aka The Fit Dad) -
Fitness and Nutrition Expert to the true superheroes - busy Moms and Dads! and Author of
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One very common question I receive has to do with eating
healthy all week long and then throwing all those healthy,fat fighting habits out the window come the
The question usually sounds something like this: "I always do
so well with my diet through the week,
then on the weekends I go crazy. I swear I gain 5 pounds over the weekend and then try to lose fat during the week. How can I change this?"
The answer to this one is pretty easy. Well, it's easy in
theory but may be hard for you to put into practice.
Many people get into a routine during the work week when it
comes to fat
their diet, only to see it all
fall apart on the weekend because they go out to dinner at night with their spouse or friends, eat lunch in a
fast food place if they're out running errands and eat donuts on Sunday morning.
Not to mention the alcohol intake which adds hundreds and maybe
even thousands of calories that go straight to your gut, butt or thighs in just a couple of days.
The easiest way to combat this is to keep your same routine on
the weekend that you do during the week. Eat the same breakfast, same snacks, lunch, etc.
That's how you've been successful thus far, by sticking to some
sort of routine, so why would that change on the weekend? Weekends are make or break time when it comes to
your fat loss
diet and whether you gain far or lose
Sure, you can relax a little and have your "cheat" or
reward meals during the weekend. Just make sure that this is only 1 or 2 meals and not the entire
And watch out for alcohol. Alcohol can wreak havoc on your fat
loss goals because it's just empty calories...and a lot of them. Your average beer contains anywhere from 90-150
calories. The same goes for wine. Hard liquor can have more, and that number can skyrocket if you have mixed
drinks. Especially if they contain lots of sugar-packed juices or creams.
So steer clear of alcohol if you want to lose fat and keep it
to a minimum if you want to maintain your current weight or just stay healthy.
Just because it's the weekend doesn't mean you can go crazy and
throw all your healthy, fat fighting eating habits out the window. As I'm sure you already know, you can do a lot
of damage in a 2 day period.
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