Surviving Social Events

How to Stick to Your Fat Loss Plan

It’s the weekend so this is timely… social events can be a minefield when you’re trying to stick to your fat loss plan.

The temptation of delicious but unhealthy food, the pressure from peers, booze, and the fear of missing out can make it challenging to stay on track.

But fear not! With a few practical strategies up your sleeve, you can navigate these occasions while maintaining a healthy diet.

Here are some tips to help you conquer social events without compromising your fat loss goals (but remember, life is also about having fun):

1️⃣ Plan Ahead: Before attending a social event, plan your approach. Consider checking the menu in advance, if available, and identify healthier options that align with your dietary goals.

2️⃣ Fill Up With Protein First: Prioritise filling your plate with lean proteins, then veggies and whole grains. These nutrient-dense foods will keep you satisfied for longer and provide essential vitamins and minerals. Choose colorful salads, grilled meats, or vegetable-based dishes to fuel your body without compromising your goals.

3️⃣ Practice Portion Control: We eat with our eyes so be mindful of portion sizes. Use smaller plates and take moderate servings to avoid overeating. Pay attention to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, and give yourself time to savor each bite. Slow down and engage in conversations instead of mindlessly grazing.

4️⃣ Be Mindful of Liquid Calories: The sun is shining, the beer and wine looks tempting, but it’s not just the calories they contain but the after effects (no not the hangover (though that’s another reason not to overdo it) but the urge to chow down on sugary and startchy snacks next day). Try alternating alcohol with water, set yourself a limit and consider lower-calorie options like light beer or wine spritzers.

5️⃣ Set Effective Boundaries: Friends and family members may unknowingly exert peer pressure to indulge in unhealthy foods. Politely decline or suggest alternative options that align with your goals. Remember, you have the power to make choices that support your well-being. Surround yourself with supportive individuals who understand and respect your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

6️⃣ Focus on the Experience: Shift your focus from food and drink to the experience itself. Engage in conversations, participate in activities, and enjoy the company of others. Social events are about connections and shared moments, so immerse yourself in the joy of the occasion.

7️⃣ Prepare for Temptations: If you know there will be tempting treats that may derail your progress, develop strategies to manage them. For example, don’t go hungry – eat a healthy snack before attending, so you’re less inclined to indulge in unhealthy options.

Remember, one social event will not make or break your fat loss journey. It’s the overall consistency and balance that matter.

If you do over-indulge, then the most important thing is your mindset. You haven’t blown it, just get back into your healthy habits straight away.

So go ahead, enjoy your weekend and celebrate your victories, big and small!