It's finally the weekend, but is that a good thing or a bad thing? Do you keep yourself on track during the weekend or do you let yourself go? I hate to break it to you, but calories DO count on the weekend! Here are some tips for staying on track while having a good time!
How to Stay on Track During the Weekend:
1) Going out to dinner? Don't break the good habits you have been working on during the week for a night out with unhealthy and over proportioned food! If you go out to dinner, it is OK to indulge, but in moderation. Tell the waiter that you want your food cooked without oil and butter (yes, I do this ALL the time and it works). Ask for your veggies steamed and your meat grilled or broiled. This may not sound fun but I guarantee you that you will actually TASTE the food more when it isn't drenched in fat and you won't feel guilty!
2)Dessert? Sure, you want to treat yourself to a big ol' dessert but not so fast. Be careful what you reach for because a slice of pie or ice cream with toppings can EASILY put you at 500 calories. Instead of reaching for an unhealthy dessert choose an alternative. I LOVE frozen yogurt with fresh berries or fresh bubble tea smoothies. These are satisfying yet won't kill the waistline. Arctic zero is one of my favorites as well, it is "ice cream" that is 35 calories per serving. It feels like a cheat but it isn't!
3) Heading out for a drink? This seems to be the ULTIMATE killer. So many times people ask me for alternatives for drinking and it can be a tough one. My suggestion? If you are going to drink, limit yourself. Drink lighter liquor and don't add sugary syrups to it. For example, vodka, carbonated water and some lime juice. This is a great low calorie drink that you can enjoy. Are you more of a wine drinker? No problem. I love carbonated water by itself but have you ever tried mixing it with a half cup of wine? Even the flavored carbonated water? It is a great way to still enjoy your wine but not get all the calories .... again, 1 -2 drinks!
4) Catching up with friends? It seems that whenever we want to catch up with friends and family it is always revolving around food. You can still have fun with friends and family but maybe suggest doing something other than eating OR have a potluck where everyone brings healthy food. I always tell people to be the influence that you want to see. Influence the people around you to be healthier and in turn they will be happier.
Try these out for this weekend and the weekends to come. I promise they will keep you on track!
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.