After weeks or months of marking X’s on the calendar, the long weekend is finally here. If you’ve been diligently sticking to your fitness and nutrition plan, then there is no reason why you can’t let loose a little. The key here is to let loose ‘a little’ and not go overboard. You don’t want to sabotage all the progress made so far. Spending time with family and friends almost always involves food and lots of it. It’s easy to eat mindlessly when you’re in good company and there’s a smorgasbord of goodies all laid out. The calorie count can rack up real fast! Let’s not forget all the liquid calories we consume in sugary alcoholic beverages.
Here are some tips on how you can keep the long weekend festivities from destroying your efforts in the gym:
#1 Squeeze in a quick workout to allow for the extra calories and to keep the metabolism revved.
#2 Be mindful of portion sizes
#3 Choose healthier foods rather than calorie-dense foods. It’s ok to have a cheat day but even that should be within limits.
#4 Drink responsibly and wisely. Alcohol packs a double whammy, not only is alcohol high in calories but it also impairs your body’s ability to burn fat as efficiently. So, choose low-calorie alcoholic drinks and try to avoid sugary mixers. Cheers!
#5 Have fun!
Happy long weekend everyone!