Good news: Weekend splurging and weight loss can go hand in hand

Sunday, February 9th, 2014. Filed under: Food & Dining Health & Fitness Home & Garden
A new study has found that weight gain and weight loss depend on weekday eating habits. © Gts /shutterstock.com

A new study has found that weight gain and weight loss depend on weekday eating habits.
© Gts /shutterstock.com

(Relaxnews) – Feeling guilty for tucking into a pizza pie or pint of ice cream over the weekend? As long as you resume a sensible eating and exercise plan over the workweek, new research shows successful weight loss can be achieved even after splurging on the weekends.

It’s a bit of good news when it comes to the battle of the bulge, as the findings absolve dieters from feeling guilty and remorseful following an indulgent weekend. The study also pokes holes in regimes that are overly restrictive.

For their research, published out of Cornell University, scientists looked at weight loss and weight gain cycles among 80 adults, ranging in age from 25 to 62 years.

Participants were asked to weigh themselves after waking up over a period spanning 15 to 330 days in order to tease out weight fluctuation patterns and corresponding days of the week.

Interestingly, researchers observed that individuals who lost weight over the period of the study were more likely to splurge over the weekend, as weight variability fluctuated markedly between the weekend and weekdays.

Weight losers reached their maximum weekly weight in 59 percent of cases on Sunday and Monday, and the week’s minimum weight in 60 percent of cases on Friday or Saturday.

In other words, though they may have indulged in a burger and brownie on the weekend, come Monday they resumed a less caloric diet.

Individuals who gained weight, meanwhile, showed no discernable minimum and maximum weight fluctuations over the week.

Overall, researchers note that successful weight control is more achievable if diets aren’t excessively restrictive, but allow for short-term splurges.

The caveat? Resuming a healthy diet for the rest of the week.

The findings were published in the journal Obesity Facts.

vs/kc

Share Button

Related posts

Sweet treats for a healthier dietRaspberries identified as potential natural anti-inflammatoryHow the future can impact the foods you choose in the presentLose weight, improve your memory: studyBroccoli could soon be giving you an even bigger health boost suggests new researchPut meditation on the menu to boost weight loss successThe quantity of food we eat depends on the action of a hormone: StudyPacked with health benefits, coffee gains ground with expertsAvoiding snacking could help protect the heart, study suggestsWhat’s behind the New Nordic DietStudy suggests chili peppers could spur weight lossForgo the midnight snack, get away with daytime splurgesFiber supplements could help with weight loss: studyJunk food makes rats lose interest in varied foods: studyCurry spices lower hypertension in rats: Indian researchFruits and vegetables important for health but don’t lead to weight loss: studyScientists discover why olive oil lowers blood pressureChildren’s preferences for sweet and salty tastes linked: studyHow probiotics could help you lose weightAre cranberries the fountain of youth?