You’re more likely to receive an invite to a social event at this time of year, than any other time.
For most slimmers sticking to a healthy regime can be a challenge, especially when constantly faced with temptations. The good news is, it is possible to make it through party season without weight gain.
An invitation to a party or event can make a slimmer anxious. Eating at home is easier but what do you do when you go out? When I was losing my weight, I found there were some things that really helped me to stay on track and still enjoy time out with friends.
Here are my 10 tips to navigating party season without weight gain:
- Cut down on meals and alcohol the day before and after to balance out the week.
- Don’t go to the party starving as you will overeat. Have a healthy snack before you leave to curb your appetite.
- Increase your exercise during that week and commit to getting up early the next day to go for a walk to burn off some of those extra calories.
- Have a lighter meal in the evening if it’s a lunchtime event, and vice versa.
- Don’t consume alcohol the whole time you are out. Start with water or diet soft drink, have a couple of light wines and then revert back to water. Better still, offer to be the designated driver.
- Make healthy menu choices. Avoid food that has been deep fried or covered in cream and don’t be afraid to ask the wait-staff questions.
- Choose grilled meat or seafood where possible.
- Ask for a fruit plate for dessert or pick the least calorie laden dessert option. Other options include sharing dessert or opting for a skinny latte.
- When asked to bring a plate, make one of my guilt free recipes so that you have something to eat that won’t cause you problems afterwards.
- And lastly if the event is a buffet meal, sit with your back to the food. You’ll be less likely to be tempted to keep going back for more.
Remember, it’s not all about the food – social events are for spending time with friends. It’s only a party, not your last chance to eat a good meal, so be sensible and you’ll wake up with a halo over your head the next day.
If you think this all sounds a bit extreme, think about your long-term goals. My priority was my weight loss, I lost 35 kilos in 20 months and it has never found me again. If I can do it, so can you. Take your good intentions with you when you go out and your weight loss will be the winner.