How can weekends affect my weight loss?


The real key to losing weight is your behavior on the weekends. It seems those Saturday afternoon naps and Sunday morning brunches throw a real wrench into weight loss efforts. In fact, weekend indulgences can add up to as much as a 9-pound gain in a year, research shows.

In a study of weekend behavior, people on diet or exercise routines consistently stopped losing weight -- or worse, gained it -- over the weekends. The study participants not only ate more on weekends but exercised less -- a double whammy for your waistline. They showed a net weekly gain of almost 9 pounds a year! Suddenly, that Saturday afternoon double-fudge sundae doesn't seem like such a good idea.

Fortunately, you don't have to lose your weekends to drop the pounds. First step: Pass on the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Make your own breakfast at home -- something that tastes decadent but is actually good for you. Next, mow the lawn. Wash the car. Walk the dog. Just do something that gets you moving.

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