Don’t Leave The House Hungry
Ever gone to the grocery store on an empty stomach? You end up with more junk food than you can fit in the trunk of your car. The same logic applies for summer get-togethers. If you know there’s going to be loads of unhealthy food where you’re going, snack on something healthy before you leave the house. While you don’t want to seem rude by not eating if a full meal is being offered at the party, having a pre-emptive healthy snack allows you to partake in the meal without overindulging.
Allow Yourself Room to Cheat
Health experts suggest allowing yourself an occasional “cheat” while maintaining a healthy diet. Doing so keeps you from feeling deprived and prevents discouragement. Some recommend an entire cheat day, while others advise sticking to one meal or snack. Either way, when you know an event is coming up, consider making the event your cheat for the week. Maintain your calorie restrictions the days prior, and only eat low-calorie foods the day of the party.
Another way to adjust your calorie budget is by fitting in an extra workout session. Burning more calories the day of the party gives you a little wiggle room and a bit of diet flexibility. While this idea is certainly not recommended as a daily ritual (eating healthy and exercising regularly are crucial not only to your waistline, but also to your health), it’s fine to do on occasion.
Indulge In Alternatives
If you’re asked to bring a dish, bring something you know you can munch on without breaking your diet. This way you’re sure to have at least one thing to eat. Additionally, consider offering to make and bring one of these delicious low-calorie cocktails:
- Spiked Pomegranate Lemonade - For just 136 calories, you can enjoy this crisp drink and the health benefits of pomegranate.
- Blueberry Lemon Breeze - Whether you choose champagne or club soda to add some bubble, this drink is sure to please for only 205 calories.