So I ended eating out 3 times over the weekend..
Met a friend I hadn’t seen in a while in Nando’s on Saturday at lunch time (funny how now we both have kids, the conversation was all about baby led weaning and pushchairs rather than gym and training…)
went out with the family to Prezzo in the evening..
and then Ganges (a Curry house in Wootten Bassett) on the Sunday with some of the ladies from our Fit For Life Body Transformation Programme and my daughter 🙂 after we did the Santa fun run event in Swindon.
But the thing is, eating out and on-the-go when trying to lose some weight and drop a few dress sizes is one of the most common challenges I hear from the ladies i work with…
“What’s the best thing to choose?”
“Will it still work if I eat out a lot?”
almost like they can’t go hand in hand..
Like you either choose one or the other..
As if how you feel, health and energy isn’t important here…
it’s only going to ‘work’ if you fit the ‘diet’ to YOUR lifestyle….
And I’m pretty sure, that your lifestyle will involve meals out…
even after Christmas…
So what can you do?
Well, not only did I ask some of the ladies using on our Fit For Life Body Transformation Programme what they do when eating out, but I also combined this with what the sciencey stuff says about eating out and still losing weight…
1. Choose the social events you’re going to enjoy and others where you’ll make healthier choices
2. Walk around a buffet before picking up a plate
3. Know there’s a difference between being full up and having enough
4. Focus on company not food
5. Know that you are not missing out, but simply aligning your actions with your goals.
Which brings me to this ‘study of all studies’ suggesting that if you are:
* Told that ‘the others’ just ate the ‘whole pack of donuts, pizza, and popcorn between them’…you’ll eat more
* Told that ‘the others’ only ate 2 donuts, 2 slices of pizza, and no popcorn between them’…you’ll eat less
* Told that ‘most people in Wiltshire eat 5 portions of fruit and veggies per day’…then you’ll eat more fruit and veggies
* Told a ‘healthy eating’ message like ‘people in Wiltshire should eat more fruit and veggies’…then you’re less likely to eat more fruit and veggies
* And one study showed that when 2 out of the 3 friends opted for the ‘healthier’ option, the 3rd friend followed
6. Track weekly NOT DAILY – Whether you’re tracking points, calories, syns, or just trying to eat ‘heathy portions’, all can work.
But how might your mindset around thinking ‘F it, I’ll start again on Monday’ change if you knew that you COULD allow more on certain days to compensate and less on others?
Put it this way, if you had a budget of £100 for a week and you spent £80 in 1 days, you wouldn’t think ‘F it…might as well spend £800’
Yet that is essentially our mindset when it comes to food….
Key take home?
THIS aka time with family and friends and having some fun (which you’re allowed to do)
is probably the reason why you want to invest some time and energy in your health and fitness…
To have more energy. Confidence. Feel great in the clothes you wear. How you feel.
Sure, you’ll probably get quicker results if you never eat out and deprive Santa from his Sherry 😉
But that’s not for me…
And the best part?
Well, I’ll let Debbie explain who had a fair few 3 course meals the other weekend:
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