How to Enjoy the Weekend and Still See Results
One of the hardest parts about trying to be fit and healthy is feeling like you have to give up on what you love. That could be sipping Prosecco on a Friday evening, having an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet on a Saturday, or having that hangover-curing fry up on a Sunday morning.
Strict diets can make you unhappy and can often lead you to giving up on them if you start to feel majorly deprived. But a little bit of dedication and motivation is needed if you want to see results. You just have to learn how to have balance, and how to look forward to the weekend while working to a happy medium.
While it’s important not to lose sight of your goals, everyone deserves to enjoy themselves a little on the weekend. Here’s several ways to look at it, with some tips to keep you on track:
Set a weekend routine
Most people have a strict routine during the week, which gets thrown off come Friday night. A way to keep this in control is to set a separate routine for the weekend, one that isn’t quite so regimented, but means there are certain things you should try and tick off.
For example, try to always plan in a Saturday morning workout, or save an hour or two aside on a Sunday to work on your meal prep for the week. Then, if you enjoy a three course Sunday lunch with the family, complete with a rich cheesecake and a glass of wine, you haven’t totally gone crazy.
Be wary of alcohol
When the weekend arrives, a lot of people tend to rely on alcohol to ‘celebrate’ the end of the week, or simply to relax. Whereas a couple of glasses of your favourite tipple isn’t going to throw you off too much, it’s important to look at other ways to de-stress that aren’t going to leave you feeling rotten the next day (or can be detrimental to your waistline!).
Look at lower calorie drink options, like gin and slimline tonics, vodka and diet cokes or even just sipping water inbetween your drinks. It’s all about being mindful. If you drink a lot on a Saturday night, chances are you’ll have poor sleep quality and binge eat on junk food the next day.
Plan healthy breakfasts
Breakfasts during the weekends should be something to look forward to! Sometimes we don’t have the time to plan anything other than a bowl of cereal during the week, but weekends can lend themselves to smashed avocado and poached eggs on sourdough, scrambled eggs and salmon, or overnight oats packed with fruit and nuts.
Try to get creative and use ingredients you wouldn’t usually use in your weekday breakfast. This can include various nut butters, fruit toppings or alternatives to pork sausages, like chicken sausages.
Dine out the smart way
Just because you’re eating out in a restaurant doesn’t always mean it’s OK to go crazy with your orders. Yes, three courses can be tempting, but try to plan a more controlled meal choice by checking the menu online before you go.
You could limit yourself to two courses, and skip the bread and butter basket if you’re trying to reduce heavier foods. Homemade soups are usually a vegetable rich starter option, and you can always make sure you choose a belly-filling, delicious main course which won’t leave you drooling over the dessert menu.
Make time for movement!
With the extra free time most of us get on the weekend, use it to organise walks with your friends, a stroll with other Mums, or even just a spot of gardening.
Everyone deserves a lazy weekend every now and again, but just be mindful that you don’t spend all of it resting up and slobbing out on the sofa binge watching Netflix. Moderation is key, and when you start to deprive yourself of what you love, you’ll find it more tempting to give up and quit all your healthy achievements so far.