Your friends and family play a role in determining the level of success that you meet on your diet. “How?” By their support or lack thereof! Since they’re the ones whom you spend your free time with, it is likely that they can greatly affect how and what you eat outside of your normal routine. Weekends and holidays are full of new temptations, and the people closest to you may persuade you to eat more than what you want or what is good for you. While it is okay to indulge once in a blue moon, you should not do it as regularly as every weekend. If you’re struggling to balance your diet with socializing and/or eating out, here are a few tips to help you stick to your diet.
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While getting into relaxation mode, try to focus less on food and more on having active fun. If you feel more confident about adapting your diet to your social situations then you’ll find a better success rate when it comes to your diet.
When on a diet, be sure to keep some days aside when you can be on a ‘vacation’; but make a deal with yourself. For e.g. In return for indulging a little, skip on eating any snacks during the day or at least fit in a 45-50 minute calorie-burning activity in your schedule.
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Do not cheat often. A one-off mini-feast is okay, but small sized daily (or weekly) indulgence will take you back to square one. So avoid weekend sugar temptations.
More often than not, your schedule is packed. But don’t let it be your excuse for giving in to temptations and eating junk during hunger pangs. Pack a healthy meal instead that you can eat on the go; this will also save you money and frustration.
Talk more, eat less! If you’re engaged in a conversation, no one will notice if you put your fork down. Take your time to eat and don’t just gobble up. If need be, sit back in your chair and enjoy the conversation for a few minutes without eating.
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Watch the alcohol! Limit yourself to one glass per meal and opt for water or fresh juices instead. Alcoholic beverages will send your diet on a toss.
Instead of eating out, socialize with your family and friends on a hike trip or maybe join a cross-country cycle-o-thon with your mateys.
If you are on a long vacation, be realistic and strike a deal with yourself about maintaining your current weight. Because you are on a long holiday, losing weight may be a bit difficult; so atleast try not to put on extra pounds.
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Last but not the least; catch up on sleep you may have missed. Being deprived of sleep will make you feel worse about your body and you may be tempted to treat your emotions to some indulgence. Apart from that, you body needs adequate sleep to function properly and for the diet to work its magic. So hit that snooze button!