Sticking to your diet during the party season can be tough.
When you’re having a good time, it can be harder to stay committed. For many people attempting to lose weight at this time of year, it can be particularly challenging. If you’re trying to eat less sugar or simply feel better about what you eat, here’s our guide to sticking to your diet during the party season.
Bring vegetables to the buffet
You can’t control what food is on offer at every social event you attend, but when guests are encouraged to contribute, it’s worth taking a tasty vegetable option. For example, some office parties ask everyone to bring a dish and have a potluck kind of affair.
If that’s the case for you, make an effort to provide something veggie-based and healthy. Vegetables are also great for those trying to cut their intake of high cholesterol foods. Most veggies are very low in saturated fat. A diet with reduced levels of this substance can help to lowering cholesterol levels. Make something delicious and it won’t be just the dieters digging in!
Eat sweet things in moderation
A real downfall when it comes to healthy eating is sugar. Many of us have a sweet tooth or crave a little pudding after a meal. The holidays can be a nightmare if you’re trying to diet, but endure a sweet-tooth. There are chocolates at every event and Christmas cake galore.
The key here is moderation. Trying to cut out sugar completely might make you crave the stuff more. Instead, limit yourself to one small portion a day and satisfy any remaining cravings with either fruit or nuts. If your office offers a big stash of sweets at this time of the year, make sure to bring your own healthy snacks from home, so you can fulfil your cravings and avoid the sweet temptation.
Always have protein with your meal
Healthy eating may go out of the window with festivities, but by maintaining just a few important principles, you shouldn’t go too far wrong. Whether you’re with relatives, at home or out for a meal with your co-workers, make sure your food includes an element of protein. This is a vital nutrient that most importantly, helps you feeling full for longer.
Do some home cooking
One great way to eat a little bit healthier at this time of year is to focus on home cooked foods. Meals that you prepare yourself tend to be lower in fat and sugar than those prepared in restaurants or sold in supermarkets. Find recipes that are both appealing and nutritious. If you’re out partying and find yourself a bit short on time, why not prepare meals in advance and put them in the freezer ready to go?
The cold weather is also the perfect excuse to whip up a delicious soup. If you are looking for suggestions, you have to read our guide on soups that will keep you thin.
Choose carefully when dining out
When you cannot stay home and cook, there are tips to be aware of which will stop guilt from festering. Eatright.org give their 7 Tips for Healthy Dining.
Some of our tips include: buying desserts to share, leaving time in between meals for food to digest and always opting for a salad alongside your main.
Whatever the reason you’re trying to eat well, there are lots of things that you can do to help your diet during the party season. It’ll be worth it in January when you bounce into the New Year feeling full of energy!