Karen's Blogs

Blogs are brief, to-the-point, conversational, and packed with information, strategies, and tips to turn troubled eaters into “normal” eaters and to help you enjoy a happier, healthier life. Sign up by clicking "Subscribe" below and they’ll arrive in your inbox. 

[No unsolicited guest blogs accepted, thank you]

Weekday and Weekend Eating

Recently I was chatting with a friend who complained that she was looking to lose weight, but was frustrated that she couldn’t shake off any more pounds. She reported cutting portions and making healthier food choices and paying more attention to her appetite. For a moment, there seemed like little she could do to improve her habits—until she mentioned being careful during the week, but eating junk food with her boyfriend which he brought over on the weekend.

It’s easy to fall prey to this pattern. On work days, you may forced into a regular feeding schedule with limited food choices, whereas, on weekends, you have more free time at home and are surrounded by food. Or making your own food choices as a stay-home-alone parent on weekdays, you may be faced with a partner’s preferences on weekends. Even without kids, weekends generally include eating activities—dinners out, get-togethers, and parties—which may make it harder to eat “normally.”

Beyond these factors, how you eat is influenced by what you think. How many of you equate week day eating as needing to be “good,” and weekend eating as allowing you to let loose and be “bad”? C’mon, fess up, how many of you really think that way? The problem with this attitude is that you’re involved in self-defeating behavior on two levels. First, by restricting during the week, you may not be taking in sufficient calories and may be in a caloric-deficit by the time Saturday rolls around. Second, you may feel crankily deprived all week and look forward to breaking out of food restriction on Saturday and Sunday. And we all know where that leads.

If this description sounds a lot like having a diet mentality, you’re right. Any time you split your life so neatly into “good” and “bad” behaviors, you’re heading for trouble. So back to my friend’s dilemma about the food her boyfriend brought over on weekends. No wonder she wasn’t reaching her weight goals: all the pounds she took off during the week were coming back in spades on the weekend. And round and round we go. No wonder her frustration and sense of hopelessness was building.

“Normal” eaters don’t dramatically alter their eating between weekdays and weekends. Okay, maybe they cook a bit more or more richly on weekends or have special treats, but they don’t throw out their appetite rules because they’ve gone from on to off the clock. Be careful that you’re not falling into this weekday/weekend eating trap. When it comes to appetite and the rules of “normal” eating, all days are created equal.

Making Commitments, Not for You
Approval Seeking

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.karenrkoenig.com/

This website is owned and operated by Karen R. Koenig, M.Ed., LCSW. It contains material intended for informational and educational purposes only, and reasonable effort is made to keep its contents updated. Any material contained herein is not to be construed as the practice of clinical social work or of psychotherapy, although adherence to applicable Florida States, Rules, and Code of Ethics is observed. Material on this website is not intended as a substitute for medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment for mental health issues or eating disorder problems, which should be done only through individualized therapeutic consultation. Karen R. Koenig, LCSW disclaims any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any information contained on this website. This website contains links to other sites. The inclusion of such links does not necessarily constitute endorsement by Karen R. Koenig, LCSW who disclaims any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any information contained in this website. Further, Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, does not and cannot guarantee the accuracy or current usefulness of the material contained in the linked sites. Users of any website must be aware of the limitation to confidentiality and privacy, and website usage does not carry any guarantee or privacy of any information contained therein.