Many give up healthy eating on weekends

March 24, 2006 at 10:37 PM

DALLAS, March 24 (UPI) -- Many U.S. adults toss healthy eating habits out the widow on weekends, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center report.

"I think the weekend phenomenon is a reward people feel like they deserve at the end of the work week," said Bernadette Latson, a registered dietitian at the Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

"It's a good idea not to be overly restrictive, but when people begin the weekend indulgence at lunch Friday, that's three days, or almost half the week."

Dinner at a good restaurant once a week is usually sufficient in keeping people feeling satisfied and not deprived, said Latson.

"But a single meal need not turn into a weekend of high-calorie meals," she said.

Latson suggests a Saturday night spent cooking a big meal is a good way to curb the desire to eat anything and everything throughout the weekend.

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