Saturday, 22 February 2014

Do You Worry When Eating Out on a Whim?


Don't let eating out on a whim get you down

Are you worried about gaining weight when you’re eating out on a whim? You don’t need to at all! With the right tips and tools, you can make the right choices, enjoy yourself and see a loss at the scales.

These are the tips I followed and still do to make sure there’s no weight gain after eating out.

Use the App or Eat Out Guide

If you’re on Weight Watchers, I highly recommend both of these. I’ve always preferred the app, but it doesn’t have absolutely everything. The Eat Out Guide is sometimes quicker and easier, so it’s worth having it in your bag or pocket.

Pull it out when you decide where you’re eating and take a look at your best options. You can even use it to decide where you’re going to eat if you’re not too sure.

Think About Your Food Choices

If you’re not on Weight Watchers or don’t have the Eat Out Guide or App, think about the food choices. Many menus now have the calorie listings on them, but you can also use common sense. A burger is usually worse than a wrap or pitta. A cheesy pasta is going to be worse than a tomato based one.

It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself or choose your favourites. It’s just a case of thinking about it.

Ask for Dressings on the Side

Most things, even salads, come with dressings or sauces. You don’t have to have them the way the chef makes them. There’s no problem asking for the dressing to be placed on the side or just foregoing it completely.

This is a great way to cut out the calories. You’ll be surprised by the amount of dressing you actually get when you ask for it on the side.

One, Two or Three Courses?

How many courses should you have? You really want to enjoy yourself and have all three, but you know it’s going to cause a weight gain. This is where you have to make the difficult decision of which course to cut out.

Instead of doing that, talk to the person you’re with into sharing either the starter or the dessert, or even both!

Ask for Smaller Portions

There is nothing wrong with asking for the portions to be made smaller. Most places do offer half-portions for those with smaller stomachs, and chefs understand. You may find that the menus state that there are some meals available in half measures for your convenience.

If the menu doesn’t state anything, politely ask the waitress. It doesn’t hurt to ask. The worst that can happen is you’re told no and you have to control yourself not to eat everything on the plate.

Take Control Afterwards

Don’t worry too much about making a mistake. It’s not the end of the world or your diet. Draw a line under the decisions and get straight back on track. Don’t use it as an excuse to be bad for the rest of the day or even the week!

You can also claw the damage back. Do extra exercise or think carefully about your meal later in the day or the next day to try and minimise the damage.

Think you can deal with eating out on a whim now? It really is possible and you can still lose weight!

Do you have other tips for eating out on a whim? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Ideas to Celebrate Weight Loss Success

Celebrating your weight loss success is essential. It helps you focus on those small goals and realise that you are getting there. But how do you celebrate?



Here are a few ideas within this infographic.


How would you celebrate your weight loss success? Why not leave a comment to share your ideas and favourite ways to celebrate reaching your goals.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Super Bowl Weight Loss: Let It Happen!



It’s the Super Bowl very very soon. I wanted to get this up much sooner than I did, but better late than never, right?

The Super Bowl is big in the US, but it’s getting to be a bigger event all around the world, especially here in the UK. There will be a lot of people looking to lose weight or maintain their weight while enjoying snacks and treats as part of the game. And I’m one of those people!

Here are my tips to make it possible to lose weight and enjoy the Super Bowl.

Make Your Own Food

Pizzas and buffet food are among the most popular options at Super Bowl parties. They’re easy to grab, while watching the game. But they’re really bad for weight loss, right?

Well, why not make your own? Make your own pizzas, try wraps instead of bread and create your own fillings, or even try your own sausage rolls. Not only will they be healthier, they’ll also be cheaper!

If you're going to make your own food, remember the Food Safety to keep you and your guests safe. FoodSafety.gov has some great tips, along with the following:


Low Calorie Drinks

If you really want the soft drinks at your Super Bowl party, switch them for low calorie options. Diet drinks or those with “zero” are great weight loss alternatives. You can hardly taste the difference, especially if you’re mixing them with spirits.

What about you beer and cider lovers? There are low calorie options available. They usually have less alcohol in them too, so you get to enjoy more but without the adverse side effects. Wine is also available as a low calorie option, if that’s your preferred drink for the night.

Note: Please drink responsibly!

Alternate Your Drinks

If you are going to drink alcohol and not the low calorie type, then think about alternating your drinks. Have a beer and then opt for a drink soft drink next and then another beer if you want one. This is great for your weight loss, while also helping you enjoy your night. You won’t suffer the side effects from the alcohol as much, so you’ll remember how great the night was.

If you can, have a glass of water instead of the soft drinks. Alcohol dehydrates the body, so it is going to need more alcohol. This helps your health and weight loss in one.

Keep  Yourself Busy

Have a little game between your friends. Every time the other team scores, you have to do X amount of press ups. Whenever there is a break, you need to run around the garden. These are great ways to keep yourself busy and you throw in exercise on your Super Bowl Sunday.

There are other ways to keep yourself busy, such as preparing food or washing up during the breaks instead of leaving it to the next morning. They’re not as good for activity, but they’re better than nothing. You’ll feel the need to snack less than you would if you were just sat by the food.

Those are just a few ideas to help lose or maintain your weight during the Super Bowl. Enjoy your night and I hope your team wins (as long as it’s my team, that is! Hehe!)

Remember to check out FoodSafety.gov for more food safety tips so you really enjoy your night.