There’s nothing better than a long weekend. Extra time to relax, unwind and forget about the worries of the week. Always a welcome treat!

But long weekends can also be tricky. You want to make sure you enjoy yourself—but without going overboard and compromising the good work you’ve put in all week.

If you’re worried about how to navigate the upcoming bank holiday, we’ve got you. Read on for our leaders’ top tips for having a healthy and happy long weekend.


“Plan and prep meals in advance and use the extra day to earn some all-important bonus bites.” – Andrea Bassett


“No matter what you do over the weekend, reset again on Monday.” – Breda McCann


“Plan your treats including drinks (that often get forgotten about) and enjoy them without guilt. Use the extra time to enjoy the outdoors.” – Loraine Smith


“Cook tasty meals that won’t have you feeling deprived! You can’t beat a good fakeway!” – Toni Hourigan McNeill


“A nice BBQ is always popular, remember to go for the reduced fat meat options and make healthy swaps for burger buns & dips so you can enjoy guilt free!  Check out our Unislim Ketchup recipe” – Lisa Rowe


“Dress up for one of the evenings and make it a special evening, dining at home!” – Maura McCabe


“Aim for 2 Bite Free meals a day to save your bites for results on the scales.” – Natasha Delaney


“Treat Monday as if it’s a normal Monday and keep meals at usual times.” – Katie O’Keeffe


“If you find weekends tricky, eat like it’s a weekday and try to break the ‘on-again, off again’ cycle.” – Mary Andrews


“Give yourself permission, plan it, then park it. And use the extra day to clear out wardrobes for summer.” – Helena O’Brien

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