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A New Year’s Resolution: Get Off of the Weekly Up-Down Weight Gain Rollercoaster

December 31, 2018


Holidays and weekends have the same thing in common: people enjoy both immenseley, yet despair at having eaten too much. And so goes the Weekly Up-Down Weight Gain Rollercoaster.


Why We Ride the Rollercoaster

So many of us take that ride due to our put-your-nose-to-the-grindstone culture. By working so hard during the week, we often deprive ourselves of sleep, fun activities and proper nutrition. When the weekend rolls around, we’re exhausted and feel we deserve to lie around, eat and sleep.

If we were all heavy laborers, that pattern might be necessary to regain weight we during the week and will need to power through another rigorous week. But most of us have sedentary jobs that leave us mentally tired, but physically untaxed. Therefore, weekend lounging creates caloric overloads.


The Aftermath of the Wild Ride

The Weekend Wild Ride leads to Monday Weight Gain Blues:

  • We feel depressed about our lack of discipline, which casts a pall over what would otherwise have been a really fun weekend.
  • We feel driven to lose the weight over the next five days.
  • Whatever workouts we manage to fit in become “have to” tasks of drudgery that drain the fun from what would otherwise be enjoyable de-stressing breaks.
  • We feel obligated to work extra hard to burn more calories, which increases our chance of injury.
  • By gaining and losing weight on a weekly basis, we create a metabolic whiplash Uncertain of what nutrients our bodies will get and in what quantity, they alternately encourage us to overeat and then starve ourselves.


How to Get Off the Rollercoaster

Before the concept of weekends and holidays, people typically lived each day the same. They worked and rested as needed, and either ate when hungry or at set meal times, depending on the culture.

That makes a strong case for eating and resting as though weekends didn’t exist. According to that concept, all of us would more or less eat the same amount of food every day while including some sort of daily movement.


Most Common Obstacle: Treats


A major reason we overeat on the weekends is because we’ve usually got more time to eat, and more often than during workdays, we choose items that fall into the category of treats, otherwise known as food we otherwise restrict.

Here are two easy means of overcoming the treat dilemma:

  1. Fit treats into your daily menu, which will boost your morale, make you feel satiated and decrease the likelihood you’ll overeat when offered treats on other occasions.
  2. If offered a delicious treat after you’ve already eaten your daily dose, take the offering home for the next day’s delight.


New Year’s Diets: Beware!

By now, the research is fairly clear: what you should eat and how much is dependent upon your particular body chemistry, body composition and activity level.

That means no general diet or nutrition plan will guarantee you success in maintaining or decreasing your weight.

A great solution is to create your own nutrition plan. Research a number of nutrition concepts that encourage eating normal food and healthy amounts, rather than relying on supplements. Then choose the aspects you like from each. The last step is to experiment with all of those different ideas and foods. Be patient! The effort will be worthwhile when you finally find the mix of foods and the style of eating that works best for your body. 


Final Reasons to Exit the Weekly Gain-Lose Fun House

Count down to the New Year!

  1. You’ll wake up on Monday mornings without a too-much-food hangover.


  1. You’ll have a smooth re-entry into the workweek.


  1. You won’t have to readjust/decrease your food intake.


  1. You won’t have to find more time for longer workouts.


  1. You won’t feel obligated to push yourself to un-fun limits during workouts.


  1. In short, you’ll feel great!


Happy working out in the New Year!


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