It’s not easy to maintain healthy eating habits – but it’s especially difficult on the weekends when you have less of a routine and more opportunities to eat out. These tips will help you stick to a weekend diet.
Cut Out Cheat Meals
When you “allow” yourself to have a cheat day or cheat meal, you’re more likely to stray from your normal diet. Instead, enabling yourself to have treats throughout the week will prevent you from overeating or binging on the weekends.
Only Eat at the Table
If a lot of your excess weekend snacking occurs while sitting on the couch, try limiting your eating to when you’re sitting at the table. This will give you time to enjoy your snack or meal while being present and listening to your body’s fullness cues.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Alcoholic drinks are notorious for hidden calories and forcing unnecessary snacking on unhealthy foods. So, while you don’t need to cut them out entirely, decreasing your alcohol intake on the weekend can help you stick to your diet. Plus, you’ll feel better, more productive, and less sluggish, giving yourself plenty of rest to reenergize for the week ahead.
If you’re having a hard time eating healthy on the weekends, normalize working out – even if it’s just light stretching or moderate physical activity. You’ll feel better and be more likely to stick to your regular eating habits. When you exercise, you also have more energy and sleep better, curbing cravings.
Don’t Strive for Perfection
Nobody is perfect. If you strive for perfection, you only set yourself up for failure, causing you to shuck your healthy eating habits entirely. Giving yourself some breathing room to eat food you enjoy will minimize overeating and can help you stay on track over time.