This post is part of my weight loss tips series.
Weight Loss Tips Looking Ahead
When you are looking to lose weight life does not stop, Birthdays, Holidays, Social nights out etc, all form part of our regular lifestyle. I have friends who constantly put off losing weight until after whichever one of these events is coming up next, with the inevitable result they never start. The trick is to learn how to incorporate these events into your weight loss plan.
This last weekend I was in London meeting friends, it was also Fathers Day on the Sunday, and we were going out to dinner not only to celebrate Fathers Day, but because my Son had also finished his exams. All of these things were planned for a number of weeks, they were not new to me. I also knew that this meant this weekend woud be best described as ” heavy ” in terms of calories. Meeting friends in London would mean the beers would be flowing more than usual, and I was facing a weekend of eating out. So what weight loss tips do I suggest for such a weekend you may be wondering ?. Do I advocate being ” sensible ” and choosing low calorie options, or skip a round of drinks every now and then ? Well although that is probably sound enough advice, if you are anything like me, it’s just not going to happen that way.
The point here is this is not what I do EVERY weekend, its a blowout weekend, and it is there to be enjoyed, and trust me I did. So in terms of what I recommend my weight loss advice is simple. You know it is coming up, so plan for it, and work it into your overall weight loss plan. Reduce calories BEFORE, and AFTER the blowout. If you are using Intermittent Fasting, ad in an extra fast before and after the event, if you using something like the anything goes diet, just take your calories lower. Heavy calorie days happen, you can’t avoid them, it’s how you deal with them that matters. The wrong way , and it’s the way most people on a diet react is to think they have blown the diet, or have fallen off some imaginary wagon, and now there is no point continuing with their weight loss plan. The right way is look at the event for what it is. A ONE OFF. Though my weekends do tend be more calorie intense than normal weekdays, Last weekend was not typical, and with just a little extra discipline before and for a few days afterwards, I can be back on track. This way I don’t feel deprived of anything, I did not miss out on the weekend, trying ” to be good ” Am I likely to lose any weight this week? I doubt it, but I also know one weekend blowout does not hold me back too much either.
Weight Loss Tips The Take Home Message
So my take home advice from this weight loss tips post is simply this…..
It is unrealistic to think you can avoid social gatherings and events, they are part of all our lives, and if you are looking to lose weight, you can’t lock yourself away until the weight is gone. The good news is, there is no need to, just look ahead and plan for these events, enjoy them and then get back on track.
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