‘How to balance your diet’ is an article series all about achieving balance in your diet, and what that looks (and tastes) like. It’s a common phrase, but what does it mean, and how do you do it? Find out here.

How to balance your diet:  What happens on the weekend…

The easiest times to be on diet are from Monday morning until Friday lunch-time. Friday late-afternoon until Sunday evening are a very different story!

How does one keep the diet progress going on the weekend? What’s the BALANCED way to deal with this scenario?

So the obvious option is to stay on the same diet all week

The problem with that is you are almost guaranteed to become miserable and mess up in a big way if you try this. You may even have already experienced this on the countless diets you’ve tried before.

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The alternative – the BALANCED way – is to try to figure out your weekend before it hits.

This allows you to structure your diet according to when and where you’ll be eating. If you have two evenings of social meals, and a lunch with the family on Sunday then those are going to need to be your flexible meals.


So all the breakfasts and other non-social meals need to be more strictly controlled (maybe making your portion sizes smaller) to make room for a bit of flexibility in the social meals.

It’s simple when you think like this. All you have to do is remember that flexible does not equal ‘anything goes’. So stay controlled in terms of quantities, but allow yourself to eat things that may not be on the regular diet plan.

If you can do this, you’re going to enjoy your weekends but still make decent dieting progress too.


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