6 Tips to Avoid Long Weekend Weight Gain

With pending statutory long weekends ahead (this Monday is the Victoria Day long weekend for Canadians while the May 30th is Memorial Day for Americans), it’s easy to get caught up in a holiday loop of eat, drink, snack…repeat without giving much thought to the consequences of those overindulgences.

On long weekends, when the weather is nice and the patio is calling for a few pitchers of beer and a side of nachos it’s easy to let our healthy eating habits go out the window. However, you can still enjoy your summer without turning it into a season of total gluttony…

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1. Avoid Creeping Obesity

It’s easy to throw your cares to the wind and indulge in the moment on a long weekend. So much so that researchers at the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences department came up with a name for this sneaky substantial weight gaining trend: “creeping obesity”.

The researchers monitored 122 participants between the ages of 18- and 65-years old and discovered that vacations and holidays during the months of March and August generally led to a 1-pound gain. Considering that the average U.S. adult gains 1 to 2 pounds per year, scientists consider the 1-pound gain over a short-term holiday pretty substantial.

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