People fail at losing weight not because of genetics or circumstances, but because of Saturday and Sunday.
You know it as well as I do, the weekends kill your progress. You go from lean machine to couch potato. And a very well fed couch potato at that.
After all, Monday to Friday you are a fat burning robot.
You work out first thing in the morning, eat breakfast, have a high-protein salad for lunch, a healthy afternoon snack, and then a sensible dinner. It all adds up to a pound of fat loss per week.
Or so it should, if it were not for the 2 fat loss killers, Saturday and Sunday.
Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine recruited 48 men and women and put them on a year long weight loss program.
(Reference: Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Jun 12. [Epub ahead of print]Related Articles Influence of Weekend Lifestyle Patterns on Body Weight. Racette SB, Weiss EP, Schechtman KB, Steger-May K, Villareal DT, Obert KA, Holloszy JO.)
At the start of the program, subjects were already gaining weight on weekends while losing weight during the week.
Researchers say that subjects reported eating more on Saturdays, and exercising less on Sundays.
During the study, half of the subjects were put on a calorie-restricted diet while the other half was put on an exercise program.
Both groups lost weight during the week, but weekends stopped both groups of subjects from losing weight.
That’s because both groups ended up eating more calories on the weekend.
As a result, the researchers concluded that many exercise and diet programs fail because of weekend lifestyle behaviors.
Here's what you need to do to prevent this weekend weight gain from catching up with you.
First, identify all the problems that come up on weekends that cause you to eat more or exercise less.
Second, brainstorm two solutions for each one of these problems.
If you plan and prepare your weekends just as hard as you do for your weekdays, you'll continue to lose fat week in and week out.
Helping you cut through the fat loss clutter to get more results in less time,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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