The Friday to Sunday Gorge

I saw it a few weeks ago. The headlines read, “new study shows that weekend eating may wreck your diet.” My first thought was, “gosh…that’s been me a few weekends” and my second thought was “they didn’t need a study to figure this one out!” So many of my clients come to me after months of success claiming that they were super in the beginning but now they can’t seem to lose even a pound. When I look at their food diaries, I realize that during the week, food choices are great – lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, etc. and their portion sizes per activity are perfect. Then something radical changes – Friday night rolls around and I start seeing a few glasses of wine and pepperoni pizza followed by eggs benedict on Saturday morning brunch followed by small (yet fried) finger foods at a friend’s party and...well...you get the picture.

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I saw it a few weeks ago. The headlines read, “new study shows that weekend eating may wreck your diet.” My first thought was, “gosh…that’s been me a few weekends” and my second thought was “they didn’t need a study to figure this one out!” So many of my clients come to me after months of success claiming that they were super in the beginning but now they can’t seem to lose even a pound. When I look at their food diaries, I realize that during the week, food choices are great – lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, etc. and their portion sizes per activity are perfect. Then something radical changes – Friday night rolls around and I start seeing a few glasses of wine and pepperoni pizza followed by eggs benedict on Saturday morning brunch followed by small (yet fried) finger foods at a friend’s party and...well...you get the picture. 

Consuming a deficit during the week followed by a surplus over the weekend will most likely cause you to maintain (or even gain) weight when all is said and done. Weekend eating does matter! I’ve seen it in my clients and as a country, we all saw it in this latest study. It’s a well-known fact that over the weekend we tend to eat more, perhaps exercise less and may even “reward” ourselves for a job well done throughout the week but going back to unhealthy habits. Even for a few days, this can truly set you back and most importantly, can completely get you off course. The next time you’re out on a Friday night and find yourself eating and drinking more than usual, remember your final goals – what they’ll look like, what they’ll feel like, and what they’ll mean for you as a person. In the end – it’s true that nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels – you may want to post that reminder on your fridge...if only for over the weekends.

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...