Super Slimming Saturday Strategies

Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 6.26.03 AMSaturdays are just right for socializing and losing weight! Balancing socializing and weight loss takes finesse. It’s a skill and anybody can learn how to do it. Here are the basic steps:

1. Know your limits. Whether you’re counting calories, PointsPlus values, diabetic exchanges, or some other tracking method know how many you have to spend for the day. Party Food Primer.

2. Build a plan for the day that ensure adequate nutrition – 2-3 servings of whole grains, 2-3 servings of lean protein, 5-9 combined servings of fruit and vegetables, 2 teaspoons of monounsaturated oil, 2 servings of fat-free dairy.

3. Work in your treats and plan when you will indulge in them. If you’re going out for dinner, save some of your servings of grains and protein for your meal out. Decide if you want drinks or dessert. If you want both fitting them into your plan you can exercise a little more the next few days to burn the extra calories. You might need reduce calories a bit too over the next few days. Be aware that if you go over on Saturday, you will want to pay pay the overage back over the course of a few days. One day of overindulging followed by a day of starving is usually not a viable plan.

Increasing your calorie burn doesn't need to be torture or even mildly unpleasant. It can help to make the day more fun and enjoyable!

Increasing your calorie burn doesn’t need to be torture or even mildly unpleasant. It can help to make the day more fun and enjoyable!

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4.Use wantpower to execute your plan. Willpower is another word for deprivation. Wantpower is getting what you want, and focusing on the things you want the most! EXAMPLE: You want another piece of cake and you have only built one piece into your plan. You can have another piece of cake but it will make it take longer to get what you want the most – to get to goal!

Don't wait to get to goal to start acting "thin." Act "thin" to get to goal!

Don’t wait to get to goal to start acting “thin.” Act “thin” to get to goal!

5. Get together with family and/or friends and act like the thin person you want to be!

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is the general manager of Weight Watchers of Maine. She is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. Her experience with her own weight management journey and raising girls has given her insight into the struggles families face with weight, healthy body image, food and physical activity. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news for more than ten years and appears monthly as a guest on FOX network morning program Good Day Maine.