Winter weekends weight loss strategy that works

There are plenty of disadvantages created by winter and few advantages.


We’re very familiar with the disadvantages, short cold days, long dark nights, increased hedonic hunger signals and that’s during the week when we have the structure of kids in school and work. On the weekends the structure is gone, we have greater proximity to highly palatable food and nothing to do which only make the food harder to resist.

If you don’t want the weekends to undo all the weight loss advances you made during the week, here are some effective ways to keep losing weight on Saturdays and Sundays during the winter. The 3-day winter holiday weekends can be particularly odious.

Know your challenges


What is it that makes it hard to stick to your diet on the weekend? Is it boredom? Is it kids driving you crazy telling you “they’re bored,” and expecting you to fix it for them when you’re not even able to beat your own boredom? Is it being in your own house with your fridge and cabinets and the treasures within? Maybe all of those things and more I haven’t mentioned.


Address your challenge with a plan (or several) 

If it’s boredom how about looking forward to spring and plan a garden. You can involve the kids in this too. Let them give input on what to grow and help you start and care for the seedlings. If this is a new adventure for you Crystal Sands offers advice for starting a vegetable garden.

If you have a hard time being in around your fridge and kitchen cabinets all weekend long make your plan to conquer the urge to eat by starting with the end in mind.

  • What is your winning outcome for when you go to bed Sunday night? Maybe this sums it up: When I go to bed on Sunday night, I want to feel good about my weekend eating and physical activity.
  • After identifying what you want work backwards to determine the steps you’ll take to get what you want.
  • Remember, if it’s not in the house you can’t eat it.” This doesn’t mean you should throw away everything in the house you believe you shouldn’t eat. It means a good weekend plan is to head to the supermarket early Saturday morning to buy what will satisfy you and keep you on track.
  • Give yourself a “diet day off” on the weekend. Since it’s easier to stick to a diet during the week, take a little extra care to follow it closely. By being very careful during the week you earn a special treat on the weekend. If you make it a point to get extra physical activity – through work or play – you earn some extra wiggle room for a really special treat.

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Weekends are like waves in the ocean. You can’t stop them from coming but you can learn to surf.

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.