The first big holiday weekend of summer 2017 will hit May 27th –29th and it has left even the most successful Options Medical Weight Loss patients worried. There does not need to be a fear associated with the holiday now synonymous with backyard barbeques and fun with family and friends. All you have to do is follow our four tips to minimize post-Memorial Day Weekend regret:
Buy small unique reusable plastic plates for your holiday weekend barbeque. Research finds that people who select a smaller plate at a family gathering will eat up to 50% fewer calories, while still feeling as full as those who opt-into a larger plate. If you are unable to find smaller dinner plates, look for a dessert plate of a festive child’s plate.
Make Mindful Decisions:
Make a point to eat the healthiest foods first at the barbeque. Find a salad with dressing on the side or a vinaigrette dressing, because it will contain few calories while still being filling and it will help slow digestion. Next you will want to look for a lean protein, because it will help you feel fuller before you stumble across the sweets.
Run From The Carbs:
Skip the chips, crackers and bread. Carbohydrates are not filling, yet they contain loads of calories and can cause dangerous insulin spikes. These foods are not usually the tastiest things at BBQs anyway, so save your calories for the really good stuff.
Think About The Drink:
Alcohol can fit into a healthy lifestyle, if you make smart choices. One sugary margarita can pack 600-800 calories — about one-third of the calories you should consume in an entire day! Choose lower-calorie options like wine or beer, drink plenty of water and remember to pace yourself.
Take Your Time:
Eat slowly and mindfully. Eating more slowly will help you to eat fewer calories over the course of a meal. Pace yourself as you mingle with friends and family, allowing talk to take the place of the food you would normally eat.
Please keep in mind that all advice provided in our Options Medical Weight Loss “Healthy Living” column is intended to help you live a happier life and is meant to be informational. We suggest you consult a weight loss professional from our office or your current healthcare provider, or a medical professional before you embark on a new diet or fitness regimen.