Weight depends on weekday diets

Most people lose weight during the week and gain weight on the weekends, a new study finds.

Yet, researchers say it's the weekday diets that are most important for maintaining a healthy weight.

The researchers at Cornell University looked at people's diets over seven days and found rhythm of losing and gaining. But they also found that those who lose the most during the week are more likely to either lose weight or maintain weight over time.

“Weight variations between weekdays and weekends should be considered normal instead of weight gain,” said Cornell University behavioral economist Brian Wansink in a statement.

“The big difference between those who gain weight over time and those who lose or maintain weight is directly related to the way they eat from Monday to Friday. Some indulging during weekends makes no harm but for successful weight loss it is important to notice these rhythms and take steps to reverse the upward trends after the weekend.”

 The study was collaborative research effort between Cornell University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Tampere University of Technology. It was published this week in Obesity Facts.