You are the image of healthy eating, but only six days a week. Once Saturday rolls around, then all food is fair game, right? Wrong. This eating style is actually one of the main contributors to weight gain. What you probably don’t realize is how easy it is to rack up a colossal amount of calories when you throw all rules out the window, even for a single day! Here’s an example of how easy it is to wreck an entire week of good food choices in just one day:
- You start your day by cooking yourself a hearty breakfast of eggs, hash browns, pancakes and sausage links. Yum! Unfortunately this delicious breakfast will set you back between 900 and 1,000 calories (and that’s just breakfast!).
- You dig into the candy dish for some M&Ms for a little midday pick-me-up. A small handful of these candies adds about another 100 calories.
- For lunch, you and a friend decide to order a pizza; hand-tossed pepperoni to be exact! You chow down on 3-4 slices of the greasy goodness, setting you back between 690 to 920 calories.
- For dinner, you and your spouse decide to hit up the town. You go to your favorite Italian joint and order your guilty pleasure: chicken fettuccine Alfredo! Too bad the dish alone will cost you almost 1500 calories, and that doesn’t count the side salad (350 calories) and the breadstick (150 calories).
- You end your night in front of the television with a banana split. Don’t let the banana fool you: this treat, depending on how big you make it, will run you between 600 and 900 calories.
We’ll do the math for you: this day could set you back almost 5,000 calories! If you stick to 1,500 calories during the week, you just undid more than three days of healthy eating. If this sounds like you, what can you do to beat the urge for the “Saturday Splurge”? Try treating yourself to a couple mini-splurges during the week. Instead of eating a large cookie dough Blizzard from the Dairy Queen on Saturday afternoon, let yourself have a cup of frozen yogurt with fresh strawberries and a few peanuts for dessert on Tuesday night.
Giving yourself small food rewards during the week may prevent you from doing major damage on the weekends. Lifestyle changes like this are the philosophy of the PGX Program, which is why it’s so successful. If you haven’t already, sign up now!