A Post About How to Celebrate With Friends Without Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts by Cape Town Personal Trainer JP Steyl
IT’S that time of the year!!! The weather is becoming hot and sunny, people want to wear less clothing and have fun at the beach. For those who enjoy celebrating the festive season, it is an exciting time. What you may not find so exciting, however, is the ‘Fat’ part of Fat it.
With a little planning, however, you can join in the fun and not gain too much fat. The object is to emerge from the parties with few regrets. Let’s talk about smart ways to enjoy the festivities.
Crank Up Your Metabolism
Before you get all dolled up for the party, be sure to crank out a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout using your favorite Workout Muse Soundtrack like we do in our ForeverStrong P.T sessions and personal training programs. This will fire up your metabolism and increase your caloric burn while you’re at the party. It’s not a license to eat more, but it will certainly help burn up some of those delicious treats you’re sure to eat…
Don’t go to a party hungry
Arriving at a party hungry and ready to eat will result in overeating every time. Many of the foods at parties are generally very heavy and tempting, and you are unlikely to be content filling up on baby carrots while everyone else is eating meatballs and cheese cake.
The remedy is to eat a meal of healthy food before you go. Consider eating a plate of steamed vegetables and some fruit. This low calorie combination will take up a lot of space in your stomach but will still leave you a few calories to play with at the party.
Keep an eye on how much you eat
When we eat away from home, we may eat 40% more calories than we would if we were eating in our own kitchen. Plus, when there is a large variety of food available, we tend to eat more. A party is the perfect storm of these two factors.
Don’t lose track of how much you have eaten. Be aware of standing near the buffet and mindlessly nibbling while you talk or refilling your drink repeatedly.
Eat slowly and stop when you are full
It takes about twenty minutes for your brain to get the signal that you have eaten enough. You can eat a lot of food before that signal gets communicated! The more slowly you eat, however, the less likely you will overeat. When you begin to feel satisfied, stop eating. You may need to remove yourself from the food areas so you won’t be tempted to keep snacking.
Wear tight clothing
Many people find that if they wear snug fitting clothing around their waist, they stop eating much sooner than if their stomach has freedom to expand in loosely fitting clothing. It’s worth a try! Cinch up that belt!
Focus on your friends
It’s easy to let food and drink become the focus of a good time, but the social aspect of parties is the most important part. Make an effort to enjoy talking to others and nurturing meaningful relationships.
Do you have other tips to share about how to keep the fun in festive celebrations while being mindful of an overall healthy lifestyle? Share them in the comment section!
GREATEST VICTORIES ARE BORN IN THE HEART
JP Steyl- Head Coach at ForeverStrong P.T
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