Do you always notice that come Monday morning it is just a little bit more difficult to squeeze into your jeans? I get the same feeling after a holiday where you’ve had days of floating freely in a bikini and then when it’s time to put your trousers on it feels like they have been sprayed on. I know that can’t just be me. Can it?
Well, in between Friday night drinks, brunches with friends, parties, nights on the sofa with a tub of ice cream and delicious Sunday roasts, it’s easy to overindulge and end up feeling a bit rubbish. A study recently revealed that Britons consume an additional 520 calories over the weekend, which is surprisingly easy to do, and oh so fun.
With Christmas approaching, I thought it might be useful to share some of my top tips for how to avoid weekend and holiday weight gain. These tips are for you if, like me you love your food but also like fitting into your trousers…
1. Stay Active
It’s easy to get to the end of the week and slump on the sofa in between slinking from my meal to the next but weekends are a great time to fit in some more physical activity. I find this crucial to help de-stress my mind mind and body after a long week. Even if its walking in the park or strolling round the shops, get moving and you’ll feel better. I find going for a run really clears my head, but if like yoga, pilates, shopping etc then do whatever works for you. You’ll feel a lot better and it might help to stop you reaching for the cookie jar.
2. Make sure you eat breakfast
I’m a huge fan of brunch. I love trying out new brunch spots with friends or inviting people round to mine for a slap up brunch but I always make sure I eat breakfast too. Now I know that sounds really greedy – but if i know I am having brunch I will obviously have something small like some yogurt and fruit or a boiled egg. I have breakfast every day, even on holiday, and I find eating first thing helps to control my blood sugar levels and will keep me from being starving by the time brunch comes round. If I haven’t eaten before, I will order everything and overeat.
3. Drink lots of water
I don’t know about you, but often good practices I get into during the week go out the window at the weekend or on holiday. I find drinking enough water is always a bit of a battle for me, and I particularly find this at weekends. Not drinking enough water can make you feel hungry when you actually aren’t and this can lead to crazy snacking behaviour. When you feel like snacking, have a glass of water, wait 10 minutes and if you still want the biscuits, then go for it.
4. Change the way you treat yourself
Many tend to think of the weekend and particularly holidays as YOLO (you only live once) times when it comes to food and drink. You can hear people yelling “We’re on holiday!”, “We deserve it”, “You only live once” and that can quickly lead to “f*** it, lets eat all the foods and drink all the drinks”. Whilst of course that’s okay occasionally, there are other ways to enjoy your holiday or precious weekend. Try thinking of non food related treats such as having a luxurious massage, going to a spa with friends or going to the cinema/yoga class/art gallery, or even buying yourself a new outfit. Boosting your mood without using food is a great habit to get into.
5. Choose your drinks carefully
Don’t get me wrong, I love a drink as much as the next gal but choosing your drinks carefully can have a big impact on holiday/weekend weight gain. It’s very easy to think that because it’s a liquid it doesnt really count calorie-wise but that couldnt be further from the truth. Imitating the Sex and the City gang and sipping on a few rounds of Cosmos could see you drink over 500 calories before you know it with each sugary cocktail easily being 250 calories a pop. I tend to stick to vodka or gin and soda or tonic with lots of lime (97 calories). Deffo not trying to be a fun sponge but these things are just worth being aware of so you can make informed decisions rather than questioning where it is going wrong.