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Posted Dec 12, 2012 by Gym Source in Health and Wellness and tagged dining out, exercise, happy hour, healthy lifestyle, Nutrition.

Weekend-Proof Your Diet, Part 1

Do you exercise and eat well Monday through Friday? Don’t wreck your hard work on the weekends. Use these tips to keep you on-track.

Happy Hour:  Free appetizers and half-price drinks are great for your wallet, but grisly for your diet. Plus, alcohol lowers your blood sugar–meaning the more you drink, the more you’ll want to eat. The biggest no-no? Sharing a pitcher of drinks.  Keep better track of your intake with individual drinks.

What’s more, stay away from the ‘free’ buffet. “Decreasing the convenience of food can easily lessen one’s tendency to overeat.” says Dr. Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.

Dining Out: Numerous studies show that we’re heavily influenced by what our dining companions eat—it even has a name: ‘behavioral mimicry’.  So, if you eat with a group of salad eaters, you’ll get the salad; if everyone orders dessert… you get the picture. For positive party motivation, find another person at your table who’s eating well.  Also, be the first to order so you won’t be tempted by someone else’s selection. (Yes, that Fettuccini Alfredo sounds amazing, but do you really want 1,200 calories and 75 grams on the side?)  Finally, remember that restaurant portions can be HUGE—so don’t feel pressure to clean your plate.

Household ChoresCleaning, laundry, washing the car—these weekend household chores keep you close to the kitchen, tempting you to snack all day. Be prepared by stocking your kitchen with healthy, convenient snack options. Also, don’t forget to include healthy fats and proteins—hummus, nuts and cheese keep you satisfied and fill you up faster.

Of course, one of the best ways to avoid tempting weekend treats is to stay active! Hike with friends, take a walk, hit the trail or the treadmill… and keep up those healthy habits all weekend long.

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