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Slimming through the sunshine season

June 18 2019
Sarah Davison
By Sarah Davison

Yes, you can enjoy a hectic summer social schedule at the same time as sticking to your weight loss plan! Whatever the occasion, our helpful Q&A is here to show you how:

Enjoy summer gatherings and still lose weight

Q: “My friends and I love to get together for regular cookouts. Can I have a classic burger and still keep my weight loss on track?”
A: Of course! If you’re in charge of the grill, fire up these slimmer patties: Mix 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef with 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce and ½ tsp. each salt and coarsely ground black pepper. Grill until cooked through, then serve on a 2-oz. whole-wheat bun or wrapped in iceberg lettuce for extra fresh (and weight loss friendly!) crunch. Going as a guest? Offer to help your host by bringing along a healthy dish to share. Then steer clear of mayo-laden sides like coleslaw and potato salad, and make lean grilled meats and fish, corn on the cob (hold the butter!), and salad your first choices – they’re all Free Food on Slimming World’s Food Optimizing eating plan, meaning you can eat them freely to satisfy your appetite.

Q: “I’ve got a whole lot of family birthdays coming up, meaning plenty of meals out. What are some healthy dishes I can look for on the menu that still feel substantial?”
A: If possible, check out the menu online ahead of time. Look for anything that’s grilled, broiled, steamed, or roasted and avoid dishes described as deep-fried, cheesy, sautéed, breaded, smothered, creamy, battered, or buttery. Lean steak, pork chops, skinless chicken, or fish with a baked potato is always a great choice. Ask the kitchen to cook it without oil and to put any sauces on the side. Pasta with a tomato-based sauce can also be a healthier, filling option.

Q: “My colleagues often go out for nachos and margaritas after work. I don’t want to turn down the opportunities to socialize with my co-workers, but I also don’t want to set myself up for falling off plan. Help!”
A: There’s no need to miss out on the fun, just plan ahead. Instead of loading up on nachos, order a few different veggie-centric appetizers to share or a couple of side salads (dressing on the side). Margaritas and many other cocktails contain a lot of sugar, so consider ordering wine and topping it with club soda to make it last longer, or go for a shot of liquor like vodka or gin with ice and a diet mixer. Another trick? Eat a healthy snack before you go, like a bowl of home-made soup or a veggie omelet: When you’re not hungry, making smarter choices is so much easier!

Inspired? You’ll find lots more information and recipe ideas  on our website. Or try our exclusive 7-day Food Optimizing menu plan  and start your own weight loss success story today.