Staying on track, without feeling deprived, and actually enjoying your food is entirely possible on the weekend, even if you’re hitting up a few parties. When it’s time to dine, scope out the party spread, and do your best to build a balanced, delicious plate:
Eating some of each macronutrient at mealtime, and steering clear of fast-burning highly processed carbs will leave you feeling satiated. Satiety is the best buffer against gorging on desserts and other junk. If your main meal leaves you satisfied and fueled, you’re a lot more likely to be content with just *one* super-fudge-m&m-brownie instead of five. Or, you might end up not craving dessert at all!
As for how much to eat – well, everybody’s caloric needs are slightly different, so you do you! As long as you are routinely eating primarily minimally refined foods, in a balance of protein, fat, and slow carbs, your hunger and satiety cues are pretty darn reliable. Eating too many processed foods creates a lot of white noise, and can really mess with those cues.
And as for balancing your plate – what works for you might be slightly different than someone else’s needs. Play around with the protein/fat/carb ratio by building your plate different ways. You’ll know you’ve hit your sweet spot when your meal leaves you feeling fueled and filled until the next mealtime, and your cravings are in check.
What helps you stay on track during the weekend?