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Don't Cheat on the Weekends

I know the struggle of working hard all week to stay on track with healthy eating and exercising only to have the big temptation to cheat on the weekends. You don’t to ruin your progress or feel guilty on Monday because you had too much to eat or drink over the weekend. Use these tips to stay on track and enjoy your meals and a little bit of freedom on the weekends.

  1. Always have a plan! Even if you are going to indulge in a meal or treat, plan for it. If you know that you have a date or special event to attend on the weekends, start preparing yourself early by thinking about the healthiest options that will be available during the event. If you know that you will be dining out, look at the menu online if it available to pre-select what you will eat before you get there.

  2. Drink lots of water. Before you go and during your meal to create a false sense of fullness. Drink water with your meal instead of alcohol, so the focus is on the food. It’s filling and it’s good for you.

  3. Avoid the bread basket and fattening appetizers! Before you head out, eat some small and healthy to take the edge off your hunger. Have the server place the bread farthest from you on the table to avoid grabbing a bite. If you are having wine or a cocktail, have that first with a small salad as your appetizer to really enjoy it.

  4. Eat the veggies and protein first. Instead of eating a mound of potatoes, pasta, or rice, eat the most nutritious foods then eat the starchy carbs. You can take the leftovers to give to someone else.

  5. Take food with you. Don’t be afraid to bring your own salad dressing or pack a meal if you eating away from home. You can still have something at the event or restaurant or event, but you will have more control over what you eat.

  6. Get back on track the next day. Don’t have a whole cheat weekend! It goes back to planning and not feeling guilty about the choices that you have made. Mistakes will happen, but don’t let it stop you.

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