I agree with many of the points made in the article ("got to be in it for the long term" "shouldn't get discouraged and quit just because you weighed a bit more after a weekend, that's natural!" and so on). But not exactly with how they've interpreted the findings into a "cause and effect" scenario - "be strict M-F, lax S-S, and this is the way to lose weight!" - because a) it was a very small sample (80 participants) and b) it was a very short study period, with some participants weighing-in daily for as little as only two weeks. Hard to make sweeping general statements about long-term success trends based on this one study.
I do agree that for many of us (me included), it is beneficial to take advantage of the more regimented/scheduled weekdays. Over the course of a year, I've noticed that if and when i go over my calorie range, it happens on the weekend - mostly because that's when i go visiting-friends or dining-out, and I refuse to sneak my food scale and measuring cups along, nor grill the host on how many teaspoons of oil were used to saute the mushrooms.... SO in order that I can just relax-a-little-already on the weekends, it is helpful for me to stick more strictly to my calorie range during the week. Also, I find that knowing i'll be able to have a nice Friday night restaurant dinner and even a glass of wine or two, will keep me from falling into the donut-box that is ever-present in the lunch room. The weekdays have offered me great opportunities for calorie-reduction, as I used to get a LOT of my daily calories from all the "free treats" that appear here.
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
| current weight: 169.0