7 Tips for Healthy Eating at Parties
With Summer on its way, I’ve been thinking about parties and what I did last year to stay focused on my weight loss. It can be hard to accept all the party invites weekend after weekend and still stay on track when you’re trying to lose weight. Don’t get discouraged, it can be done! With a little planning, you will find that you can maintain healthy eating at parties and get through the numerous Saturday night parties, family dinners, and BBQs.
1. Plan Ahead
The best thing you can do for yourself is planning ahead. If you know you will be attending a party at the end of the week try adding a couple extra workouts throughout the week and the day of the party and don’t eat back the calories you burned. You can also bank your calories by coming a little bit below your calorie goal each day and save them for the day of the party. Often I will try to skip all snacks all week to help make up for what’s to come!
If you can do it without being obnoxious, find out what is being served at the party. If you know what is being served you can plan out what you will eat there or if you should just skip what they are servings and eat before you go.
2. Eat Before You Go
Eat before you go to the party so you’re not starving when you get there. If you go to a party hungry, you are guaranteed to eat too much. There’s always a table laid out with appetizers, chips, dip, and all kinds of unmeasurable dishes. It’s very easy to go overboard with these because you can’t keep track of how much you’ve eaten.
3. Bring Something To Share
Bring a dish to share that you know you can enjoy without hurting your progress. I like to make a hot dip that I can eat with cut veggies, jalapeno poppers (read: not the boxed kinds that are breaded!) or a meat and cheese plate and skip the crackers.
4. Find Low-Calorie Options
I usually try to skip the carbs and focus on veggies and protein. Of course, it depends on the type of party you’re going to. If it’s a barbecue try having your meat and a salad and skip the bun. At a family dinner, fill your plate with salad, cooked veggies, meat and skip the mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. Alternatively, at a gathering at a restaurant try to find the menu online before you go and pick out a few healthy options you can decide between when you get there.
5. Host The Party
Hosting the party yourself is the easiest way to be in control of healthy eating at parties. You can plan out what everyone else will eat and ensure you have all the options you need to keep you on track. Of course, this doesn’t work in all instances but sometimes this is the best option!
6. Drink Responsibly
The calories in alcoholic drinks can add up quickly. Skip alcoholic drinks entirely to avoid the added calories as well as lowered inhibitions that lead to snacking! If you want to enjoy a drink or two have wine or mixed drinks with diet pop or club soda to keep the calories lower.
7. Don’t Worry, Have Fun
Sometimes life doesn’t allow for you to be strict at every event. Try your best to maintain healthy eating at parties but remind yourself that it’s ok to let go and just enjoy the party once in a while. We all deserve to have fun!
What tricks do you like to use to help stay on track at parties?