A poll, from diet firm Forza Supplements has discovered that 57 per cent of men regularly consumed 10,000 calories on a weekend and 46% of woman consume more than 8,000 calories on Saturdays and Sundays. These means that any slimming methods used during the week are completely undone by excess eating at the weekend.
Calories needed by men and women
Typically men need to eat 2,500 calories a day and women 2,000 calories a day. However, the Frorza Supplements research reveals that over half of men asked and close to half the women questioned consume TWICE their daily calorie needs over the weekend two day period.
Weekend eating is causing expending waste lines for slimmers
To lose 1lb of body weight a week a slimmer has to create a calorie deficit of 3,500. The Forza Supplements survey shows that people trying to lose weight are failing as they are actually ADDING to their waste lines due to binge eating at the weekend.
For example, a women looking to lose 1lb of body weight a week needs to eat 2,000 calories x 7 days - 3,500 calories (deficit), or 11,500 calories. Whereas the Forza Supplements survey shows that 46% of women are eating in excess of 2,000 calories x 5 days + 8,000 calories (weekend eating) = 18,000 calories a week!
Weekend favourite foods high in calories
The favourite food and drink proving to be the main culprit when it comes to overeating at the weekend include:
- Full English Breakfast
- Sunday roast
- Pizza takeaways
- Doner kebabs
- Snacks - biscuits and crisps
English diet hindering weight loss
As many as 70% of people admitted that they eat a Sunday roast dinner with second helpings as well as spend the weekend in front of the TV eating biscuits and crisps between meals. 70% of those people asked also said that they fatty takeaway meals, with pizza being the most popular choice.
The benefits of the 5:2 diet
The benefits of the 5:2 diet, where slimmers eating for 5 days followed by 2 days of fasting, are well documented, but the slimmers in the Forza Supplement survey seem to be over-compensating on their 'eating' days. This means that the 2 days of low calorie eating undertaken by slimmers are unable to lose weight due to eating too many calories over a week long period.