You can have your weekend fun, but you can’t eat a bunch of crap and maintain your weight, too. A study in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing showed that most people consume an average of 400 extra calories over the weekend – enough to pack on 6 extra pounds per year. Here’s how Self Magazine suggests you reel it in without becoming a recluse:
Happy Hour: Bring On The Bubbles – Drinking makes you more prone to store fat in your middle, and cocktails are full of sugar. (One margarita has around 400 calories a pop. Holy shit.) Self recommends getting a manicure or using a different “fun time” to make yourself feel pampered, but we know that’ll never work. So if you need a drink – and who doesn’t? – go for something bubbly like Prosecco, Champagne, or a low-sugar cocktail made with carbonated water. You’ll sip slower. In theory.
Dinner: No Cocktail – If you can dig up a restaurant’s nutrition facts before you go, try to find menu items that keep the calorie count below 600. If you can’t sleuth for the intel beforehand, just try to limit portion sizes and stick with steamed or pan-fried dishes. And if you’re indulging in dinner, try to steer clear of cocktails; they’re calorie bombs compared to light beers and wines, which typically have about 100 calories per glass.
Movies: BYOP – Theater popcorn is loaded with fat and sodium, but if you bring your own popcorn (BYOP) and healthy snacks to keep you from loading up on King Size candies and 36-ounce sodas. If you cave, your best move is to order child’s portions, share with a friend, and stick to low-calorie sweets like Twizzlers or Gummy Bears.
Brunch: Go Benedict – Eggs Benedict sounds rich, but the eggs are poached, not fried and greasy, the English muffin is relatively low-cal, and Canadian bacon is less fatty than American bacon. Get the hollandaise sauce on the side and limit your portion to 2 tablespoons.
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