Working For The Weekend

You work hard on dieting and hit the gym religiously all week long. But how's that dedication holding up on weekends? Researchers from St. Louis' Washington University School of Medicine discovered that significant Saturday and Sunday increases in caloric intake are more common than you might imagine.

They divided 48 adults between the ages of 50 and 60 into 3 groups: One performed 20% more work in the gym, another cut calorie consumption by 20% and the control group didn't change anything. On weekends, the dieters stopped losing weight and the exercising group actually put some on. The average weight gained from these weekend lapses would lead to 9 lbs. per person each year.

The Bigger Picture: Scientists theorized that calorie content from fat increases on the weekend partly because people let their guard down and partly because get-togethers and events often put us in the position of not being able to make smart food choices. Eating a healthy snack before attending a party or bringing nutritious food along for extended outings can be an effective stop-gap measure.
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