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    Weekend Planning: Favorite Weekend Strategy
    Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Weekends can be a challenge to keep up on our diet. During the week we are on stricter schedules with deadlines, commutes, timed lunch hours, and if you work in an office, limited access to food. But, on the weekends we don't have these limitations and tend to be more lackadaisical in general including our diets.
    One strategy that our community member, Kakonolady, shared last week was using a food tracking website like SparkPeople to monitor daily calorie and nutritional intake. Food journaling is one of my favorite weekend strategies to help me stay on track. I know if I stay aware of what I'm eating that I can budget in certain foods on my weekend without worry. It also alerts me to any poor choices I hadn't realized I'd been making so I can make changes the next week.
    What is your favorite weekend strategy to keep you on target? What weekend diet road bumps do you foresee and how will you handle them?
    Wondering how to get in and out of that baby shower, party, or dinner without sabotaging your diet? Ask our community! Our Members are always full of helpful tips that have worked for them.

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    Andie_WebMD_Staff responded:
    With the long weekend here I know it will be tempting to join in on the festivities, which usually include lots of fat-filled goodies like chips & guacamole, pizza, and not to mention any alcohol that may be served. (Talk about empty calories!)

    So, my strategy that I came up with is not to say "no" to everything, but just budget some of those things into my diet. I might go over on the amount of fat grams by a little bit or even go over my calories for the day, but I promise to myself that I will allow at least one goodie (if I really want it) and in return I will stay aware of my diet and not go completely crazy.

    Sometimes when I mess up I can just fall into that thinking that says "well, you already cheated so might as well just forget the diet for the weekend then get back on track Tuesday." I figure this way it takes away the guilt of cheating. What do you think?

    Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend! :) What does everyone have planned? Would love to hear your strategies too!

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