4th of July weekend is coming up—and that means barbecues and parties packed with lots of temptation. If you’ve been dieting and working with a weight loss doctor, you may be worried about how to have fun without sacrificing the results you’ve achieved so far. The good news is, you can enjoy your holiday without ruining all your hard work.
Read on for tips to help you survive the 4th of July weekend without getting too far off track.
1. Move it in the morning. Since you probably may consume more calories than normal, schedule a workout in the morning so that you can start your day off with a bit of a calorie deficit, if possible. Go for a run or hit the gym as soon as you get up—you won’t be sorry.
2. Have a healthy breakfast. Whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast and hit your barbecue or special event on an empty stomach. If you do this, you’ll most likely overeat at your event and eat hundreds more calories than if you start the day right, with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast.
3. Use small plates. Talk about portion control—studies show that people eat almost 50 percent less calories when they use smaller plates. Opt for the appetizer plate or even the kids-sized ones at your event.
4. Start with your health choices. Fill at least half your plate with healthy options, such as salad and veggies, and eat those first. This will help fill you up so that you don’t eat too much of the less healthy stuff once you get to it.
4. Skip the refined carbs and empty calories. Eat real food; don’t waste your calories on empty calories and refined carbs such as chips, crackers and bread. They won’t fill you up, and worse yet, can cause spikes and crashes in your blood sugar levels, which can lead to serious overeating.
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