When you follow one of our weight loss programs, holidays can pose a threat to your progress. It’s easy to fall off track and overindulge at 4th of July celebrations, and the aftermath is usually not worth it. A food and alcohol hangover can weaken motivation and lead to weight gain if you’re not careful. Yet if you adopt some simple strategies, you can enjoy this holiday without straying too far from your healthy lifestyle.
Our weight loss programs are designed with a little leeway so that you can enjoy yourself while minimizing the repercussions. If you follow some of the tips below to minimize the damage to your diet, you’ll still be able to enjoy your 4th of July!
Many people will skip breakfast and/or lunch to “save up” for holiday events and meals later in the day. This is the worst thing you can do. Facing temptation on an empty stomach will lead you to overeat and make bad choices at the buffet table. Eat healthy, protein-rich meals earlier in the day to curb your hunger and have a small snack before you arrive at your celebration. This will help you control your appetite and eat reasonable amounts.
Portion control doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you use the following tricks. Start by reaching for a smaller appetizer or salad plate so your portions can’t be too big. Fill at least half of your plate with veggies and then a quarter with lean protein. That leaves only a small amount for “treats.” Try splitting a burger with a friend instead of eating a whole. Eat slowly and chances are you’ll fill up on one small plate.
Drinking plenty of water is a critical component of our weight loss programs. It helps you stay hydrated and flushes the toxins from your system. Often times, we mistake thirst for hunger and eat when we really need to hydrate. If you think you’re feeling hunger pangs, try some water first. It will also help fill you up so you don’t overdo it when you start eating. Skip soda altogether, and if you drink alcohol, have a glass of water in between each beverage.
There are several traditional 4th of July treats that are not worth the damage they do to your diet. Only indulge in your absolute favorites and try to avoid carb- and sugar-laden foods. Some good items to avoid include hot dogs, barbecue ribs, white bread, ice cream, baked goods, chips, dip and potato salad.
Don’t take a pass on your workout just because it’s a holiday. You’ll need to help balance the extra calories you consume at 4th of July festivities. Participate in any outdoor activities taking place or start some if no one else has. It’s easy to get others to join in on a football or volleyball game at an outdoor fete.