Most January resolutions will have been broken by Friday dinner time, it seems. A staggering 92% of dieters said that they take the weekend off dieting and risk destroying all their hard work from the working week, according to a survey.
The poll by XLS-Medical Fat Binder found nearly 40% of dieters said their naughty weekend food habits kick-in at Friday dinner time and not surprisingly, nearly two-thirds end the weekend binge with Sunday dinner.
Weekend favourites, such as a Chinese takeaway, will often top 1400 calories. The survey found that over 70% of dieters eat a takeaway at least once a week, with Chinese being the favourite – and the most calorific of all takeaways. Almost 70% of dieters said that they eat out once a week, with Italian restaurants being the most popular, despite the average pizza weighing in at nearly 1000 calories.
Dr Matt Capehorn, Clinical Director of the National Obesity Forum, comments: "Taking a single day off from dieting can undo a whole week's worth of hard work if you are not too careful. A day off the diet should mean that you eat the correct amount, but many dieters see it as an excuse to binge and have thousands of calories more than they need.”