When Friday rolls around, my weekend begins. I often celebrate by having friends come over for dinner or meeting them for a bite to eat. It’s a great way to unwind from the busy week, but constantly letting loose on the weekends also means you might need to buy looser pants! Here are some tips for enjoying the weekend without derailing your diet.
Weigh yourself twice a week — either Friday and Monday a.m. or Thursday and Monday a.m. There’s nothing better to keep you on track than knowing that you have to face the scale come Monday morning.
Eat healthy throughout the day if you know you’ll be splurging at night. Focus on eating meals that are packed with fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins. Then you can feel good about going overboard for dinner.
Don’t starve yourself to save calories for later. It’ll not only mess up your metabolism, but by dinner time, that famished feeling will likely cause you to eat more than you would if you weren’t starving.
Have a healthy snack before heading to a big brunch or dinner. It’ll take the edge off your hunger.
Know what you’re going to order before you go out to eat. That way you’re less tempted by the plethora of choices.
Limit the martinis and cosmos. Alcohol is a diet double-whammy; it’s not only rich in calories itself, but it also reduces inhibitions and increases appetite. So stick to the one-drink-a-day rule.