Lots of events offer us opportunity to overeat: weddings, funerals, parties (Superbowl’s comin’!)—you get the picture. So how do we celebrate and still keep our calorie counts under control?
Simple: plan ahead. When we know our evening intake might overflow our calorie bucket (maybe calorie cup might be a better mental picture to use!), we can cut our pre-event calories to compensate.
So for breakfast, we could have cold cereal and skim milk—about 270 calories compared to 630 for 2 whole wheat pancakes with butter and syrup, and a glass of orange juice; or to the 840 calories in a 2-egg cheese omelet with three slices of bacon, a whole wheat bagel with butter and jam, and OJ. (Which is your typical breakfast fare?)
Then for lunch, half a cheese sandwich with a piece of fruit to compensate for the banana we cut from breakfast would add just 360 calories for a total of 630.
My daily (weight-loss level) goal is 1550 calories or less. So that leaves 920 for the big event.
Concentrating on the healthy and lower-cal items at the food fest will allow you to fill up without blowing your calorie budget.
It’s a piece of cake! (Oops! I meant that figuratively. But maybe just a little slice…)
Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute!