You are more likely to lose weight on a Monday than a Friday-and forget it when it comes to the weekends because that's when you can really put on the pounds. This little-known secret is the key to staying-or getting-slim, say researchers.
Our body weight naturally fluctuates depending on the day of the week, researchers have discovered, and we are at our lightest at the beginning a week, and slowly lose less weight as the week progresses until we start gaining body weight by the weekend.
So the secret to losing weight isn't how much you gain at the weekends, but the amount you can lose during the week, say researchers from Cornell University.
They made their discovery when they monitored the weight of 80 adults, aged between 25 and 62, for up to 330 days. Those who were losing weight had far greater variability between weekends and week days whereas the difference was only slight in those gaining weight.
To lose weight, it's important to recognise the trends of the days of the week, and if you do splurge at the weekend, restrict your diet more during the week, and especially at the beginning.
(Source: Obesity Facts, 2014; 7: 36)