How to Not Blow Your Diet at Happy Hour

Happy hour! The name suggests fun times and good friends, but it can also mean greasy food and lots of waist-expanding alcohol. So, how do you ensure that fun night out doesn't devolve into diet disaster?

Steps

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    Survey the menu before you arrive. Are there some healthy options?
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    Choose non-fried foods. If there are meat skewers, pita plates, or salads these should be your first choice
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    Avoid bowl snacks. Nuts, pretzels, Cheetos® or anything in a bowl that you could mindlessly eat in large quantities should be avoided like the proverbial plague.
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    Order your drinks at the same time as your food. You’ll be less tipsy if you do, and less likely to give in to the temptation of French fries!
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    Sip water between drinks. It will keep you hydrated and your tummy fuller, which means less room for alcohol and bar vittles.
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    Choose light beer and low-calorie mixed drinks. Nearly every beer has a light version, and some drinks like gin and tonic are naturally less caloric.
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    Avoid sugar laden drinks. Did you know that the average piña colada can put you back - calories?

Tips

  • If you go into the bar with a plan, you won’t leave the bar feeling guilty and bloated!
  • Try to plan ahead, avoid going to a place that will make you blow your diet.

Article Info

Categories: Maintaining Diets