Over the weekend, I noticed many Facebook and Snapchat posts from people who swore they were ready to make a change and just needed to lose the weight were very contradictory. One day they were talking about their weight loss goals and the next they were drinking and eating their weight in calories.
Why does this happen? Because it’s hard!
I totally get it, I’ve been there! And I have the proof (yup, that’s me- eating a tub of ice cream after a night of drinking):
After a long week of working and doing chores, all you want to do is decompress and have some fun. But here’s the thing… it’s complete self sabotage. Is a weekend of fun worth a long time of unhappiness because you are not happy with your body?
There are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat. One drink can easily run you over 400+ calories (over 1,000 if you go for the frozen mixed drink topped with whipped cream!) and one bad meal at a restaurant can easily run you 1,500+ calories. So let’s say you go our Saturday night and have four drinks. Then you’re starving so you do out to a chain restaurant and have a fatty meal. That right there can be your 3,500 calories.
Not to mention if you are hungover the next day and go for a greasy burger, you’re adding even more calories!
So all of that progress you made over the week… working out every day, eating healthy, meal prepping, etc- is all gone in a matter of hours. And if you’re doing this every weekend, you’re just going to constantly be stuck in the same place.
So can you see the importance of staying on track over the weekend??
Am I saying that you cannot enjoy life? Absolutely not.
If you REALLY want a drink have a 4oz glass of wine or a shot of tequila… just know when to stop. Know how to control yourself. If you want to go out to dinner with your friends, go for the baked, broiled, or roasted options with veggies on the side.
And most importantly, decide what is more important to you. Do you want your dream body or do you want to go out drinking every weekend? If it’s the dream body you want, then you absolutely have to learn to manage your eating and drinking habits on the weekends until you reach your goal.