Most people eat more on the weekends then on the weekdays. A study by Jeffery Inman, a marketing professor at the University of Pittsburgh found that people who are weekend over eaters, average 400 additional calories for an average increase of 20%. This excess translates into a potential 6 pound weight gain annually! What are possible explanations for this weekend increase?
• Cupboards and refrigerators are full from recent shopping trips.
• Breakfast is more robust, including calorie dense foods like bacon, sausage, pancakes and waffles with all the toppings.
• Late night, sleep deprived activities, fueled by one too many spirits leaves people reaching for convenience and fast foods.
• Sleeping in results in overeating at lunch and dinner.
• Dining out and entertainment combined with food like movies, soda and popcorn are more common.
• Mindless snacking in front of the TV, while reading, or at the computer are more apt to occur.
Thankfully, the average person only consumes 37 more calories on the weekend. If you are above average, in the 400+ check out my “favorites” on Twitter www.twitter.com/e2dietitian to help improve your eating and exercise habits Monday – Sunday! If you are in the average, +37 weekend category, share some tips with us on how you avoid this weekend over eating.
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