Temptation keeps taking you out because you haven’t made it a habit to plan for the predictable.  That stops today.  Can you relate to this?

 

You had a blast at the Super Bowl party. You ate your favorite foods, had amazing conversations, and woke up the next morning without feeling bloated or lethargic. Is that how it went down for you last year? Yeah.  I didn’t think so.

 

Most people overdo it, feel bloated and lethargic the next morning, and struggle for weeks to get back on track. However, if losing weight and getting in shape means the death of your social life as you know it, you are going to opt out.  Right? So what’s the plan?

 

Listen. You do not have to be the dieter in the room or bring your own spread to achieve your goals. You can accomplish your goals and enjoy your social life by using moderation. But, you have tried that, right? Moderation- eating a little bit of everything- continues to fail you because you aren’t doing it right. Here’s what you need to know.  Moderation works best when you don’t need a ton of willpower to follow through.  Reducing the amount of willpower you need takes strategy.

 

 

Here are seven discreet strategies to enjoy the Super Bowl spread without sabotaging your results.

 

7 Discreet Ways to Enjoy the Super Bowl Spread Without Sabotaging Your Results: Read this article to learn how to discreetly enjoy your favorite foods without sabotaging your results or putting your eating habits on display at the party.

 

Check before choosing.

Don’t just grab a plate and start at the beginning of the line. Take a look over the entire spread and choose the items that you think you will really enjoy. Although it may seem like taking a little of everything is a great idea, that approach can backfire. Research shows that the more different food items that you include, the harder it is to realize when you are full. Also, when you have something on your plate, you are more likely to eat it even if it is not that good  A quick visual scan and an advance decision on what you will eat can save you from both of these social eating pitfalls.

 

Bring something to share.

Everyone loves a good guest.  Bringing something to add to the party is a nice gesture.  Also, by bringing something to share, you guarantee that there is at least one dish that you like and suits your goals.

 

Make a meal.

Grazing on snack sized portions of the menu items may seem like a figure friendly option. However, when you snack on random items without building a meal, you are less likely to feel full and stop eating at a reasonable amount. Rather than having a few chips, a little bit of macaroni salad, and a few cookies, pick a few items that make a meal. An example would be hot wings, celery, and fruit.  You don’t have to limit your intake solely to those items. Just be sure to start with a meal.

 

Lead with the protein.

Even if it is fried or swimming in sauce, choose protein first. Protein helps you stay fuller longer and makes you less likely to overdo it on the other stuff. So, yes I am telling you that a few fried wings are far better than a million whole wheat crackers.

 

 

Include veggies and fruit.

Just because you are indulging a little doesn’t mean that you completely abandon healthy eating.  Including vegetables or fruit is always beneficial- even if you are pairing them with some wine or following them with dessert.

 

Alternate your drinks.

If you can be satisfied with drinking water or some other low sugar beverage during the festivities, that is ideal. However, if you are drinking alcohol or sweetened drinks, alternate each drink with water. Having a glass of water after each drink naturally helps you to drink, and even eat, less.  The glass of water extends the time between drinks and fills you up so that you want less.

 

 

Take sample sized indulgences.

Remember the third tip where I told you to make a meal from the selections available?  After you have done that, consider everything else an indulgence.  For everything else, be sure to take sample sizes.  So if your meal was hot wings, fruit, and celery, you will take a sample size of the potato salad.  If your meal was a few hamburger sliders and celery, you will take a sample size of the cheese dip. This strategy helps you to include the things you really want to have without overdoing it.

 
At this point, you may be thinking “goodness that sounds like more work than I care to do at a party”. I can relate. But, before you decide that using these strategies is more effort than you want to use to enjoy a party, consider this.  Easy is earned. The more you practice the strategies I have shared, the more natural they become. The more you do this, the less you actually think about doing it. Just like you developed the habit of brushing your teeth each morning, you can create an automatic response of eating food that you enjoy in a way that supports your goals.

 
Give it a chance.

 
7 Discreet Ways to Enjoy the Super Bowl Spread Without Sabotaging Your Results: Read this article to learn how to discreetly enjoy your favorite foods without sabotaging your results or putting your eating habits on display at the party.

 
Which of these strategies do you already do? Which ones will you use this at the Super Bowl party? Chime in in the comments below.

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