Does this sound familiar? Lose weight during the week. Gain it back on the weekend.
Rinse, repeat, and you have a lot of frustration that can often lead to you quitting your diet completely.
I’ve gotten a lot of emails and questions over this common phenomena. People ask me why this happens and what they can do to stop the cycle of weekend weight gain.
Why Do You Gain Weight Every Weekend?
There are a several reasons for weekend weight gain but the most common is that you are eating more calories than you should be.
I understand this tendency, because you might feel as though you deserve to eat more after being “good” for five whole days. That’s what usually happened to me.
I’d suffer through my diet from Monday through Friday and then head to Weight Watchers for my Saturday morning weigh-in. Right after the weigh-in I’d swing through McDonald’s for a quick sausage biscuit and a few hash browns. Later that day I’d eat a big lunch, have a big snack, eat a bigger dinner, and have some dessert after that big dinner.
That certainly didn’t help my weight loss efforts because even if I had lost a pound during the week, I gained it right back over the weekend. After a few weeks of this, I’d quit.
So, feeling deprived definitely contributes to weekend weight gain. Another reason is that you may spend time socializing with friends and family and that almost always involves food. It’s easy to throw your diet out the window when faced with your favorite foods and friends who like to see you eat.
Stop the Cycle of Weekend Weight Gain
Only you can stop the cycle of weekend weight gain. When I lost weight the final time I tried to ignore the calendar. Of course I knew when it was the weekend, but I consciously tried to keep doing the same things I had done during the week when it came to healthy eating.
If we went out to dinner, I made careful choices. If we did something with friends, I didn’t overeat and wasn’t afraid to tell someone “No, I don’t want that.”
I exercised at least one day over the weekend as a way to keep myself focused and burn a few calories. It didn’t hurt that the weekends were the times when I didn’t have to exercise at the crack of dawn.
Other things I did to avoid that frustrating cycle of weekend weight gain was to keep busy, not bake, and weigh myself. I know that a lot of people don’t like to weigh everyday, but it’s always been a good strategy for me.
If you are frustrated with always gaining weight over the weekend, don’t give up! It is not easy to break this habit, but it is certainly possible. The important thing to remember is that once you hit weight maintenance, you will need to maintain your weight through the weekend or else you will begin to gain weight.
Have you ever experienced weekend weight gain? How did you break the cycle? Diane