Depending on which diet or fitness plan you follow, you may have a day off each week where you get to relax a bit. Sometimes it means you can eat whatever you want, sometimes it means you don’t have to exercise. Either way, it’s really tempting to go crazy on that day because it’s your only day to do so. Unfortunately, this can undo some of the progress you’ve made during the week, and end up causing more frustration than happiness. Although it is important to allow yourself to relax sometimes, there’s a smart way to relax and a not so smart way to relax.
You’ve been really healthy all week, so now it’s time to reward yourself. Today you get to eat whatever you want and be totally lazy. For breakfast grab a huge breakfast burrito and large caramel macchiato. This will run you about 750 calories. For lunch you grab a burger, fries and large soda. This will set you back about 1,900 calories. For dinner you decide to eat a few slices of a stuffed Chicago style pizza. Each slice is around 350 calories, so let’s say you eat two for a total of 700 calories. By the end of the day, you grand total of calories could be near 3,400. If your regular diet has you eating close to 2,000 calories a day, this one day of splurging cost you an extra 1,400 calories. In order to burn this off, you would need to do the stair climber for 90 minutes, spin for 90 minutes, or run 12 miles.
You may not need to do your regular exerciser regimen on your day off, but that doesn’t mean you have to be completely sedentary. Instead of going for a long run, go for a nice walk outside. Instead of eating meat and cheese covered pizza, reach for one with some healthy veggies and a thinner crust. If you want to splurge on ice cream, go for frozen yogurt instead. You can still relax on your day off without causing a major set back in you weight loss efforts.