Are bad weekend habits ruining your weight loss goals? It's hard to believe that two days can derail a week of hard work and good behavior. However, when you add up the number of happy hours, boozy brunches and time spent lazily lounging on the couch, it's easy to see how our weekends can contribute colossal calories. Don't wait for Monday morning to turn back the needle on your tipped scale. Instead, learn how to avoid the following popular fat traps just in time for the weekend.
Couch Potato. Netflix has made binge watching impossible to avoid. We've all been there. You sit down to watch one episode of Narcos, and eight hours, five missed calls and a Domino's delivery later, you're still glued to the screen. This sedentary behavior leads to tight hip flexors, poor posture and restricted circulation.
If you absolutely can't pry your eyes away from your program, implement mini exercise routines between episodes. Jumping jacks, planks, walking up and down your stairs - these are all effective ways to increase your heart rate, burn calories and keep your body from becoming a blob.
Subscribing to Imbibing. There is no happier hour than 5 p.m. on a Friday. Most of us love to celebrate the weekend by paying a visit to a local watering hole, however you'd be alarmed to learn the amount of empty calories in sour mixes and bubbly booze. Here are the top five drinks to keep off your tab and waistline:
Save calories by swapping soda for the diet version, avoiding fruit juices, premade mixers, frozen drinks and sugary ciders. And remember to monitor your serving size — the bigger the glass, the more calories you are consuming.
Munchie Mayhem. A cheat day won't ruin your weight loss goals, but a cheat weekend will. Whether you're grazing on grub, being a couch potato chip chomper, or indulging in deep fried foods, weekend binging contributes to bulk and bloat.
Ward off weight gain by becoming a weekend warrior.