It Is Normal For Weight To Fluctuate During the Week
While it is important to monitor weight gain or loss on a regular basis, slight weight gains during the weekend are not necessarily causes for alarm. A recent study found that minor weekend weight gain is not detrimental, as long as it is balanced by minor weight loss during the week.
Participants in the study included 80 adults whose weight was monitored for a minimum of 15 days and a maximum of 330 days. The researchers found that participants who maintained or lost weight tended to see their highest weight on Monday or Tuesday, and their lowest weight on Friday or Saturday. Participants who gained weight did not see weight decreases during the week, signifying they were not making healthier food choices during the week.
They concluded that a little indulgence on weekends and holidays could actually be better for weight management than trying to apply strict weight loss regimens over long periods, as they can be difficult to adhere to.
Researchers from the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on January 31, 2014, in the journal Obesity Facts.
Many other factors contribute to weight gain, such as lifestyle, exercise, and diet. Additionally, getting a good night’s sleep may help with weight control by giving the brain the rest it needs to help make appropriate food choices.