Sunday, November 29, 2009
How to Socialize and Lose Weight
You might feel that you can control most aspects of your weight loss plan, until you wind up in a social situation. Parties, work events or simple family get togethers can turn in to diet nightmares - but only for those who are unprepared. Feel free to go out and show-off your recent weight loss with confidence, armed with a smart eating plan.
Whether it’s a BBQ, wedding, or other event, you’re bound to attend a celebration during weight loss. If this causes stress or anxiety for you, the feeling is natural. Instead, try a solution that allows you to be social without blowing your diet, like these four realistic tips:
1. Eat prior to the event. You don’t want to get really hungry early on at the party. So have a healthy meal two hours before, like salad greens with 3 oz. of salmon and a tablespoon of dressing. Or, a 200-calorie snack an hour before, like one cup of watermelon and one cup of fresh vegetables with a glass of water.
2. Wait to eat until hunger strikes. If there's no scheduled eating time at the party, delay eating until you actually feel hungry. Skip the appetizers and cocktails. Make a pass at the food table to see what looks good and plan the foods that will nourish and satisfy you.
3. Take only one serving. When it’s time to eat, make only one plate and one trip the buffet and choose foods that come close to those on your eating plan. Be sure to grab fresh vegetables or salad greens to off-set other high calorie foods.
4. Choose either desserts or drinks. As you know by now, desserts and alcohol are sources of empty calories. If you skip appetizers and fill only one plate, you'll have a calorie budget to enjoy one or two drinks or a dessert, but not both.