Diet plays a significant role in our social lives. We always get new opportunities every season for get-togethers with friends and family. These are usually accompanied with lots of food and in most cases, not the healthiest kinds. The desire to eat healthily can be overwhelmed by the social pressure one receives from these difficult dieting circumstances, and it is very difficult to stick to your weight loss plan if you have one.
Think of a situation where everyone else around you is scooping large portions of high-calorie foods on their plates. What if your friend offers to serve you instead? It’s hard not to go along and this is one of the biggest problems faced by dieters trying to maintain their discipline and adhere to their weight loss plan.
Eating by yourself involves a lot of discipline, and it becomes easier to watch your diet. What usually happens when you are socializing with your friends in important events? We can say that eating with others is part of our culture, and many who try to watch their diets on such occasions can become frustrated by what their friends say.
Although these situations may be challenging, there are always solutions to socializing while sticking to your diet.
Here are some ways of sticking to your diet and weight loss plan while socializing:
Formulate a plan
You are probably aware of an upcoming social event where you will meet lots of friends, and there will be plenty of food. Definitely, it won’t be healthy and you have to make plans to reign in your calorie intake and keep to you weight loss plan as others indulge in their favorite delicacies.
Planning ahead involves analyzing what kind of venue you are going to meet at. If it is a restaurant, you can be wise enough to look up a healthy dish to order beforehand on the menu. What about a picnic? You can bring your own healthy and tasty meals that everyone including you can enjoy.
This is a great way to minimize temptation and keep yourself on your weight loss plan, which means you will never crash into a party while hungry. It is not necessary that you should eat a full meal but you can keep hunger away by eating something healthy before you go. You can stave off hunger before any social event by having a large serve of fresh vegetables or a hearty soup.
Go easy on the cocktails
Alcohol is considered to be a “diet bomb” because your appetite increases as you take in what really are empty calories. Overindulging and waking up with a ‘hangover’ is likely to give you more cravings for unhealthy foods the rest of the weekend.
Alternate between alcoholic beverages and drinking sparkling or still water. If you can avoid alcoholic drinks completely, that will work better for you. Be careful with mocktails, as these can contain a lot of sugary juices which will add up to a huge number of calories very quickly.
Forego future cheat meals
This doesn’t mean skipping meals or starving yourself. It is possible to balance your diet and stick to your weight loss plan by cutting back on calories earlier during the day if there is no way to avoid extra calories.
Give yourself time for flexibility
You are likely to be faced with challenging situations where you may have failed to plan ahead, and the menu does not have any healthy options for you.
Your diet and weight loss plan cannot be derailed by one night of eating a little unhealthy. Don’t feel guilty, and enjoy the food in moderation. You can always go for the most healthy options available.