It's that time of the year where there are a number of events or night outs in the lead up to Christmas. One of our clients asked us during the week: "Can I go to the Christmas party if I am trying to lose weight?" What do you think? Of course they should! One day, or one evening isn't going to undo all your good work. Here are a few tips to make the most of it:
1. Plan ahead
If you know you are going to have a night out, then think ahead. For example, think of your total calories for that week, and have little less on the days leading upto your night out, then you can have bit more on the day/ night of your event. Also, maybe get some extra steps/ walks/ run in that week.
2. Be smart with what you eat
On the night out, one can be smart about what you eat. For example, maybe not have any bread at the start (if it is served), maybe have 2 courses instead of 3. Maybe go with a plant/vegetarian option, or with fish.
Alcohol can be a tricky one. This time of the year in particular there may be a lot of alcohol flowing. There may even be a "free" bar, or bottles of wine at the table. Ideally drink in moderation. Bear in mind there are calories in alcohol, and often we eat more when we drink, we sleep worse, and we usually don't feel like working out next day! So be mindful of it, and try and decide in advance what/ how much you want to drink and stick with it.
4. Exercise/ Workout
Still aim to get your regular workouts and training in that week. Again, some pre-planning maybe required. For example, if you normally workout the morning after your night out, that might not be realistic, but schedule it for that evening, or another day.
5. Enjoy yourself
Most important thing is to enjoy yourself. You have worked hard all year, this is a time to celebrate and to have bit fun, catch up with people in an informal setting and enjoy yourself. Remember you didn't put the weight on in one day, and a night out isn't going to cause you to undo all your good work. Get back to it next day!
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