Preventing the LB’s during football season
So no lie… Football season might be my favorite time of the year. And it is not just because I truly enjoy watching football even though that is very true.
If we are being honest, I live in Texas. So when football season gets going, it usually signals the end of the hellish heat that Texas is so well known for. Although, our falls are still much warmer than most places, anything is a relief from low triple digits for months on end.
I also really enjoy the feeling of the crisp autumn air and a nice pumpkin spice latte…just kidding. Ill take my coffee black.
But this article is not about me describing my white girl-ish fascination with the fall season.
Instead, I am here to give practical advise on keeping off the weight during the inevitable football watching parties and various tailgates that abound.
So lets get right into it, shall we?
- Host the watch part/tailgate yourself?
What better way to avoid the foods you know tempt you than to not cook them at all? Hosting the event and providing the food and drinks allows you to not have to consider breaking your diet for those hot wings and blue cheese dressing…just me?
You get the point
- You should be holding a full glass of water the entire time
Why you ask? You will piss like a race horse you say?
Maybe, but consider this. Many times we think we are hungry, when in reality we are dehydrated. It is hard enough to stay hydrated without the presence of booze around much less when the hosts have a separate refrigerator just for beer.
Keep hunger and the thirst at bay by constantly sipping on a glass of water.
If you do happen to have a few drinks, it will be substantially less and you will avoid a hangover (most likely). You are welcome.
- Eat a protein rich meal before you arrive at the tailgate
Mindlessly snacking can add up quick. Keep this at bay by eating a good size meal loaded with protein to keep you full.
Couple this with the tip above and I am willing to bet that you don’t eat much at all at the party.
- Put self-imposed limits on your desires
I get it. You don’t want to be the weird one that doesn’t eat or drink anything at the party.
O.K. really I don’t but this isn’t about me.
If you know yourself, and you suck at resisting peer pressure (you should work on this) then at the very least set drink and food limits.
For example, a good one would be:
One drink at the start of the game, and one at half time to finish it all the way through.
I will only go to the snack table at before the game starts (once) and at half time (once).
I love football parties just as much as the next person. But you do not have to let it derail your fat loss journey.
Use these tips above and you will dramatically minimize your unwanted football season weight gain.
However if your team sucks and you stress eat out of depression, I am not the person to talk to.
Just kidding. Kind of.
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