Lose Weight But…
You can make healthy choices while enjoying a social life. However, you’ll have a difficult time keeping weight off unless you’re able to keep your goals in sight when you’re out in public.
Try these ideas to help you turn your family and friends into allies and prepare for many of the most common challenging situations.
Dealing with Your Family and Friends:
Ask for help.
Experts say that social support is one reason why groups like Weight Watchers have so many success stories. Let your loved ones know what kind of practical and emotional assistance you need in your bid to lose weight. You may want to join an official support group too, especially if you’re losing significant amounts of weight.
You probably know someone who shares your desire to slim down and lose unwanted weight. Collaborate so you can keep each other company and hold each other accountable for working out and eating your vegetables.
Change the subject.
There may also be people who tend to undermine your positive intentions or just lack much interest in what you ate for breakfast. You’ll be more fun to be around if you talk about things and not dominate your conversation with your diet and efforts to lose weight.
Plan the agenda.
Seek entertainment in places other than restaurants and bars. Invite a friend to go rock climbing. Bring your children to a science museum instead of an ice cream parlor. To lose weight requires being strategic and spicing up your life with fun-filled activities.
Remember that you control what you eat and drink, and you have to live with the consequences. If losing weight is of higher priority to you, you must be ready to take responsibility and pay the price. It will help you to keep any peer pressure in perspective. The prize is always soul-satisfying.
Dealing with Eating Out:
Most restaurants post their menus online these days. Find out what your options are so you can decide what to order without being tempted by having to look at the specials and other fattening dishes.
Shrink your servings.
Many restaurants serve jumbo portions. Eat half of what’s on your plate and take the rest home for breakfast. If you think you’ll be prone to gobbling it all down, ask the server to pack up half in advance.
Pick the venue.
Some restaurants offer a wider selection of delicious low-calorie items. Have a list of local favorites handy so you can recommend where to go for date nights or weekend brunches.
Ask your server if you can customize your meal. For example, you may be able to get extra vegetables or a green salad instead of French fries or order your fish grilled instead of fried. If your meal includes sauces, see if you can get them on the side.
Circle the salad bar.
You might think that salad is a safe choice, but it depends on the ingredients. See what’s available at the salad bar before you order. Go easy on the shredded cheese, bacon, and heavy dressings. Load up on leafy greens and other vegetables.
Have a snack.
If you know that you tend to overindulge in birthday cake or barbecued ribs, curb your appetite before you leave home. Eat a cup of yogurt or hummus on baby carrots.
Cocktails contain a lot of empty calories and can make you crave cheeseburgers and buffalo wings. Draw the line at one drink and make it wine or any non-alcoholic with a zero-calorie mixer like club soda.
Planning ahead and building a strong support system will help you to slim down and still enjoy hanging out with your loved ones. After all, healthy eating and close relationships both play a big role in your happiness and well-being.
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