That time of the year to be social and to attend multiple parties is here! While we definitely do not want you to be indoors, we also don’t want to see a huge derailment in your health and fitness routine. And thus we have, some easy tips to get you through.
Tip #1: Plan. Plan. Plan
On nights you have a party to attend, ensure your day is impeccable with a hearty breakfast, a mid-morning fruit, a good lunch etc. so that the damaging effects of the night are at least somewhat negated by the glorious eating day you have had.
Tip #2: Drink water!
Party meals are heavy on salt which is why you often find yourself bloated and your pictures end up looking ‘puffy’ and ‘fat’. Keep sipping water as much as possible. It will help remove the excess salt and toxins and it will even make you feel alert and energized.
Tip #3: Schedule a light, early dinner at home prior to stepping out for the party
Nibble on appetizers at the party. This ensures that you’re not overeating at the party. And once you are at the party, "Hang out with the talkers, not the eaters." Keep something in your hands, like a low-calorie drink, and avoid the temptation to grab appetizers as they pass by.
Tip #4: Exercise
After a heavy night of partying, this doesn’t have to be a tough workout which leaves you drained out. Something small and easy such as 15-20 minutes of stretching and exercise at home or a 30 minute stroll will suffice and will go a long way in making you feel good (better than sitting on your couch and feeling like crap, right?).
Tip #5: Be smart
If you’re going to stay up till 3:00 am and think that a 9:00 pm dinner will hold you through the night, know that it's not going to work. Clock strikes 2:00 am and you’ll be ready to wolf down everything in sight. Instead, like we decided, be smart and allow yourself a midnight snack (one that isn’t fried preferably).
Tip #6: Monitor your speed and easy on the alcohol
A slow speed (both while eating and drinking) will be your best friend. It will save you from being force-fed and it will ensure that you work through your meal and beverage as opposed to eating and drinking excessively at one go. Sip through your drinks slowly and have a glass of water for every glass of alcohol.
Tip #7: Be judicious with buffet spreads
Scan the party buffet at least 3 times. If there are 8 items you like, short list to 5 and then finally select 3 winners who will make it to your plate and stomach tonight. Once you have selected what these 3 food items will be, only then must you grab a plate!
So this was a quick 7-step plan for you and your friends to hold onto for this party week while you welcome the New Year.
Wishing tons of health and happiness to each one of you! Cheers!