Want to diet, but can’t because of outings & social obligations?
Here are a few tricks to tackle this !!!
Whether it’s weddings, family functions or just dinner with friends, food is often tied to a host of social obligations. It’s difficult to say no when someone offers food. They may feel bad, insulted. How does one tackle such situations? We’ve devised some tactics to confront these tricky situations
Tank up on something healthy from home before going out. You’ll feel full and won’t end up overeating, and you can stick to a few small portions of the healthy options.
Also, if the diet doesn’t come to you, bring the diet to your friends. Take salads and other low-cal dishes to the next party and put them on the table next to fried food. Everybody wins.
When someone wants you to eat food they have prepared, what they really want is for you to appreciate the effort they have made. You could say things like, “You have really outdone yourself this time, the place, table and food look fabulous!”
Also, compliment the food early, and often. The more you compliment the dishes, the more people will think that you have eaten a lot – even when you haven’t.
This is an especially good tactic for dessert. Postpone eating rich desserts by saying that you are full now so you will eat it in a bit when you can really enjoy it. Chances are your host will not ask you the second time around, as he or she will be preoccupied with other guests. But if they insist, you can ask if you can take the dessert home with you. Whether you eat it at home or not is your little secret.
Tell your host beforehand that you are on a healthy eating programme, and that you might not be able to eat much at their house. It’s always better to enlist the support of your family or friends when you are trying to lose weight. They will be much more obliging to help you along your weight loss journey.