Episode 62: My Food Plan for Weekends
This episode of the Weight Loss for Food-Lovers podcast is all about eating on the weekends and why sticking to your weight loss plan on the weekends can be so hard. Molly breaks down why we tend to do our most overeating and drinking between Friday and Sunday and how she now structures her weekends to avoid overeating, while still leaving room for rest and relaxation.
Some of the reasons Molly outlines as to why weekends are so hard for eating include the fact that there are no distractions, like our jobs, and the strictness of our schedules during the week. For many of us, the weekend is the time to decompress and let our hair down, but weekends are still 30% of our week, and if we have this attitude toward food, we’re never going to get to our ideal weight.
Instead of viewing weekends as our time to overindulge, Molly suggests making a plan for your weekend and being intentional about the times you do plan something a little more decadent food-wise. Molly suggests setting aside a meal on the weekend as your “joy eat,” a meal where you can simply enjoy whatever you’re eating to its fullest. She also talks about planning things to look forward to on the weekend that have nothing to do with food that are restful and fun, such as a hike, watching a movie, sleeping in, or reading. Take the time to appreciate how your body feels when you don’t overeat on the weekend, and don’t shy away from taking responsibility for the choices you make.
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· Why weekends are so hard for eating
· De-conditioning our desire to turn to food other than as fuel for your body
· Weekends are so hard because there are no distractions
· Weekends lack the structure and routine we have during the week
· A lot of us have this need to rebel on the weekends
· Our schedules are so strict that we don’t have any downtime until 5pm or until Friday night
· Our brain’s solution to exhaustion is food or alcohol
· Weekends are also hard because so many of us have this association with eating out on the weekend
· You can’t see the weekends as a pass, you have to stay consistent
· Molly encourages her clients to plan a “joy eat” or a “joy drink”
· Think through your weekends in a different way so you can be successful
· Make a food plan for yourself that you can enjoy every single day of the week
· Create a plan and schedule for yourself that gives you some time to decompress
· Set aside time to relax and enjoy yourself
· Prioritize yourself every single day of the week
· Once a week plan something that might not be part of your regular food for weight loss
· Consider, how can I love the process of weight loss during the week and on the weekend?
o Anticipate what you have to look forward to during the day
o Start appreciating the way that you’re taking care of yourself every day
· We get trapped in a routine of mindlessness on the weekends, and we’re not thinking about what we want long-term
· How Molly plans her weekends now:
o Friday: sticks