(CNN) – If you fall off the diet wagon over the weekend but are trying to lose weight, don't panic. A little indulgence may actually help you lose weight.
A new study shows that there is a natural weekly rhythm to weight loss and gain.
The study, published in the journal Obesity Facts, says that people weigh the most on Sunday and Monday and they weigh the least on Fridays.
The study also points out that people can compensate for weekend gain during the work week. In fact, they say allowing yourself a treat during the weekend may help you stay focused on your weight loss goals.
Long-term healthy eating habits make more of a difference than short term splurges, like occasionally going out to dinner.
What sets people apart in weight loss are those who remain dedicated to their goals Monday through Friday.
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