When you are trying to stick to a calorie deficit social occasions can be tough and you need to decide on a strategy to not let one day or night out derail your progress.
Below are some ideas of methods you could sue to exercise a bit of damage limitation and still enjoy yourself.
- Check out the menu beforehand
Have a look online at the menu before your night out and plan what you will eat, that way when you are there you are less likely to over order or order things you haven’t accounted the calories for.
- Fill up on salad / veg
Aim to include some salad / vegetable items with your meals to help fill you up whilst also keeping calories down.
- Avoid the bread basket
Perhaps you really like bread, in which case knock yourself out and have some. But if you’re only eating it because the bread basket it’s extra unnecessary calories.
- Mix your drinks
Not in the way you think. Mix water in between your alcoholic drinks to help limit calories through drinks.
- Eat beforehand
If the social occasion isn’t specifically based around food you might want to eat beforehand so you can easier control how much you eat.
- Save calories during the week
If you want to stay on track but still have a big calorie night out you could consider creating a bigger calorie deficit across the week so you have extra calories to use on your night out.
- Eat something you really enjoy
If you going to eat more calories than normal you may as well pick something you are really going to enjoy, that way you are more likely to feel satisfied and less likely to overeat on other elements of your meal.
- Pick an activity that doesn’t involve food and drink
When planning days or nights out try and plan activities that aren’t just based on eating and drinking.