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Weekend Diet Advice

How to avoid weekend indulgences that derail a healthy diet

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.

“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.