Halloween is here—and while it’s one of the most fun days of the year, it can be tough for those on diets or using medical diet pills. When you work hard all year, it can be easy to fall off track on holidays. A few days of bad eating can start an ongoing cycle, so it’s important to stay on your healthy eating plan as much as possible. Below are some tips that will help you enjoy yourself throughout Halloween, while staying on track with your weight loss goals.
While it’s usually better to be ahead of the game, this doesn’t apply to Halloween candy. Instead of having candy on hand in the days leading up to Halloween, buy it the day of. It’s difficult to resist a bowl of sweets if you know they’re within easy reach. Studies show that seeing the candy makes our brain imagine eating it, so keep it out of sight until Halloween night.
When buying Halloween candy, avoid your favorites. Buy things that don’t appeal to you—then you won’t be tempted to indulge while waiting for trick or treaters.
If your office has sweets everywhere, bring healthy snacks to the office. Put them in a bowl on your desk and make them look appealing. Fruit can be very festive looking and will fill you up. You can also throw some protein bars in a bowl to help offset those sugar cravings.
Make a point to stick to your regular workout schedule on Halloween and the following days. Maybe even spend a little extra time at the gym or go for a longer run if possible.
Research shows that we often mistake thirst for hunger. Carry a water bottle with you at all times so you stay hydrated throughout the day. If you feel hungry or want a treat, drink some water to help curb the craving.
If you decide to let yourself have a Halloween treat, make it exactly that—a treat. Have some veggies before indulging in the treat. The fiber will help you fill up so you don’t overeat.
Make sure you get right back to your normal routine first thing the next morning—even if you were out late the night before. Make a healthy breakfast with lean protein and fiber to help regulate your blood sugar and get your morning workout in.
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