The unofficial start to summer is finally here! Memorial Day Weekend is the first of many weekends ahead filled with outdoor parties and summer BBQs. It’s the perfect season to GET HEALTHY!
Don’t let the summer weekends ruin your healthy eating plan.
You’re so “good” during the week; then the weekend comes and you blow it. Many of my clients report this scenario – not just in the summer but all year long. They stick closely to their healthy eating plan during the work week and then overdo it with junk food, restaurant meals, and alcohol from Friday through Sunday. It’s no surprise that this eating pattern will not work if you are trying to lose weight and improve your health.
The extra calories and you consume on the weekend will cancel out any deficit you create during the week. Furthermore, this pattern of overeating tends to include too many foods containing unhealthy refined carbs and saturated fats, and not enough fruits, veggies, and fiber.
Simple solution: KEEP A FOOD LOG
To stay on track with your healthy eating plan on the weekends, commit to writing down everything you eat and drink. Use a form, notebook, or app on your phone. Be diligent about it and don’t skip anything.
This doesn’t mean that you need to deprive yourself. If you want to indulge a bit on the weekend, go for it; just do it mindfully. Plan your indulgence, enjoy it thoroughly, and then add it to your food log. This accountability will help you stick to the plan. For a greater degree of accountability, share your food records with someone. It can be a huge motivation to eat healthy when you know that your healthy eating buddy (or nutritionist!) is going to be reviewing your food log.
Don’t have a healthy summer eating plan? I’d be happy to help you with that! Give me a call so we can set up a time to meet. Learn the best nutrition for weight loss. Together we will create an eating plan for a FUN and HEALTHY summer.
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