Party Smart! – WW weekly 6/26-7/2/2016

Party Smart!

Enjoy the food, have a drink, kick up your heels – on plan

WeightWatchers weekly 6/26-7/2/2016

What does it mean to part to party smart? As your summer weekends (and weeknights) fill up with social events, the idea of tracking and maintaining healthy routines can seem overwhelming. But you can strike a livable balance between sticking to your plan and overdoing it. In fact, the more consistent your eating patterns over the course of the week, the more likely you are to succeed at keeping weight off in the long run. Lifestyle tricks can go a long way – like eating a little something before you leave the house, wearing fitted clothes, and carrying a bottle of water or seltzer at parties ( so you are less likely to mindlessly pick at the food). Keyword: Planning.

How does it help? Planning can help you make wiser decisions – like when to use Weekly SmartPoints value (at your foodie friend’s cookout, say) and when to stick to low smart points  foods and focus on socializing instead. Select daily activity beforehand and you won’t feel as stressed or derailed by weekend of back to back parties. Plus, you can schedule events that revolve around activity, such as a group hike, a beach volleyball tournament, or family relay races.

SOCIAL KEY CODES

D: Drinks. Want to enjoy one – or two? Figure out what you’ll drink, and what trade offs can accommodate it, such as using your weekly smart points. (check out weight watchers.com)

A: Activity. Give yourself a pat on the back for any social occasion that also involves physical activity. It’s a win-win. If an event isn’t activity centric add movement by walking around helping the host pr playing with the kids, if possible.

F: Food. Reserving your Weekly Smart Points for an event helps you plan meals for the rest of the week. At the party, wait until all the food is served before choosing. Then  you won’t fill up on one dish, only to see a favorite is coming out next.

S: Social. With some friends and family, you can have a blast just talking and laughing in an empty room, When you aim social, the food and drink are mostly for fuel. Stake out a spot away from the buffet, and hold court with good conversation.

WHAT TO DO: SET YOUR PARTY PRIORITIES.

Jot down the fun stuff you’ve lined up for this month, then use the key code to mark what you’re most looking forward to at each event: delicious cocktails, a catch-up with old work pals, and so on. Planning helps you manage food and drink, depending on your “party priorities.”

Party Without Panic – Weight Watchers

Party Without Panic

Get a winning game plan – and go for it!  You go game, thanks to these tips, tricks, and tactics.

Even seasoned Weight Watchers members can feel a pang of alarm at the thought of attending a party, being away from control and predictability of home. And now here comes the Super Bowl or even like it. It’s pretty much a perfect storm; high pointsplus value food (and usually a lot of it), beer and soda (a lot of that too), and sitting in front of the television for hours, not necessarily at your normal mealtime. It helps to have a game plan – even if you’re not a fan of football or what ever even you’re watching (or the commercials), these strategies will work for any party. So you can have fun without losing control. Call it a win-win (even if your team loses)!

  • Set your points plus budget before you go; pre-track if you can.
  • Don’t go hungry; eat something healthy beforehand.
  • Sit as far away from the food as possible; better yet stand and cheer.
  • Keep your hands full with a plate, glass, and napkin.
  • Be picky, try one pig-in-a-blanket but don’t finish it if it’s not good.
  • Focus on lower points plus value offerings: pretzels, raw vegetables, black bean dip, and such.
  • Station yourself out of the orbit of the keg or cooler.
  • Alternate glasses of seltzer and beer.
  • Use smaller glass.
  • Go for what looks good (yes homemade nachos; no, store bought football cookies) and track it.

 

You’re still a winner!

What if in spite of your planning, you overdo it? First of all, chances are good that being simply mindful aware means you ate and drank less than you might have. Then, track it the best you can, plan your next meal as healthy, low points plus value one, pop some antacids and move on.