Weekend Diet Advice

How to avoid weekend indulgences that derail a healthy diet

woman eating two slices of pizza

If you’re a weekend warrior who’s pretty good about eating a healthy diet during the week, you’re off to a good start.

But if you let that diet slide after a hard workout or game on your off days, you’re fumbling at the five-yard line.

Amy Jamieson-Petonic, RD, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic, says many people derail their healthy diets on the weekend.

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“People think that if they’re good during the week, they can eat whatever they want on the weekend,” says Jamieson-Petonic. “That’s really not going to help you meet your plan.”

Jamieson-Petonic shares some tips for cutting calories from your weekend diet:

  • Stay away from sugary drinks like soda pop and fruit juice
  • Load up on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
  • Stick with lean meats like turkey, chicken or fish for your protein sources
  • Track what you eat with a seven-day food diary

With a better diet, you’ll feel better on the weekend, too, making it easier to get up off the couch and get active.

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  • Ann

    I would like to know how writing down what u eat can help out the diet plan. Because I tried it and it didn’t work for me. When I actually started to loose weight in the past I just cut back on my portions, had a glass of soda once in awhile, I didn’t write down what I ate or drank. I also drank a lot of water had milk with my meals. I would after breakfast and lunch go for a walk. I was staying at an aunt’s house at the time so I would help her around the house and outside of the house cause she lives on a farm.

    • Ann

      I have Fiberistic Breast Disease. Sorry about the spelling.