Beware the Weekend

Sure, you’re working for the weekend. You workout hard during the week and reap the benefits on the weekend when you drive farther off the tee, work in the yard without soreness and look good at the pool. Why not relax and enjoy with an extra beer or a big cheeseburger?

Not so fast…

Research long ago documented “normal” holiday weight gain, now a Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis study has linked your slower than expected weight loss to overindulgence on the weekends. Researchers followed 48 individuals between 50 and 60-years-old over the course of a year and found a consistent reversal of weight loss on the weekends, not just over the holidays. In fact, Saturday was identified as the day on which the most calories were consumed, according the participants’ food journals.

Think about it, if you burn a consistent 500 calories more than you consume over the course of 7 days, you’ll lose a pound (3500 calories). Go out for a cheeseburger, fries and a soda, or a big steak and a loaded baked potato –don’t forget dessert – or name your favorite weekend treat and it adds up to weight-loss frustration.