by Judy Weitzman, Diet Coach
One of summer’s most popular activities is having a good ol’ fashioned picnic. Whether it be Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day or a weekend family outing, a delicious picnic is what makes summer so special.
But the pleasures of a picnic can lead to an extra few pounds in a hurry if you’re not properly prepared. The following video gives you some great tips on how to enjoy your picnic without over-indulging!
On the day of the picnic or barbecue, the first thing you’ll want to do is have a good breakfast, followed by a vigorous workout. This will get you into the right frame of mind for the rest of the day so that you will be able say to yourself, “I look good, I feel good and I plan to stay this way!”
Having a weight control strategy that you’ve prepared ahead of time can make all the difference after you arrive at a picnic or barbecue. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, I recommend that you not have more than one or two cocktails during the course of the party.
To avoid a “food hangover” the next day, do your best to limit snacking on chips and dip before the main meal comes. And when it finally is time to have the main course, a little portion control can go a long way.
You can basically eat whatever you want as long as you plate your food one time and realize that’s all you’re going to have for the evening. Then sit down, relax and really try to enjoy your food. Use a fork and spoon, eat slowly and savor each bite.
With a little bit of preparation and willpower, you can successfully navigate the temptations of a summer picnic or barbecue and come away with your waistline unscathed! Best of Luck with it, and watch this space for more diet and weight loss tips in the coming days and weeks!
(published June 19, 2012)
Judy Weitzman, known as “Diet Coach Judy,” has experience in the weight loss industry that spans more than 30 years. She is the author of How to Eat When Life Gets in the Way. Besides her professional experience, she lost 50 pounds nearly 30 years ago and has maintained her lower weight. Judy has successfully helped her clients lose weight and keep it off by helping them change their behaviors. Each program is individualized and the daily support she offers helps ensure her clients’ success. To learn more about Judy, visit her website at www.dietcoachjudy.com.