Maintaining a low-carb and low-fat diet in social situations can be challenging, but it is possible with some planning and mindfulness. Here are some tips that can help:
- Plan: Before attending a social event, it’s a good idea to plan your meals and snacks so that you have low-carb, low-fat options available to you. ProGen provides ready-to-eat products that you can carry around with you, making you worry-free about dietary restrictions. You can pack a snack or meal that you know is within your dietary restrictions or research the menu of the restaurant or venue to find suitable options. By having a plan, you’ll be less likely to be tempted by high-carb, high-fat foods that are not part of your diet.
- Eat ahead: If you anticipate attending a social event or gathering, it’s a good idea to eat beforehand and have something convenient to bring along, such as a ProGen Chocolate Crunch Bar or ProGen BBQ Chips. This strategy can help you resist the temptation to indulge in non-ketogenic food and keep up your streak of maintaining ketosis.
3. Offer to bring a dish: If you’re going to a potluck or dinner party, consider bringing a dish that is both low in carbohydrates and fat. This way, you will have a healthy eating option, and others can also try it. Some low-carb, low-fat dishes include grilled chicken or fish, roasted vegetables, or a salad with a vinaigrette dressing.
4. Make smart choices: When dining out, look for menu options high in protein and low in carbohydrates and fat. Choose grilled or baked meats, vegetables, and salads. Avoid high-carb and high-fat options like fried foods, pasta dishes, and sugary desserts. When ordering, ask for sauces and dressings to be served on the side, and request to have your dish prepared without added fats.
5. Practice portion control: Even healthy foods can be high in calories if you overeat them. Pay attention to portion sizes and eat slowly, savouring each bite. Use a smaller plate and fill half with vegetables to help control portions.
6. Avoid alcohol: Alcoholic drinks are often high in calories, and carbohydrates and can contribute to weight gain. Consider choosing water, unsweetened tea, or coffee instead. If you choose to drink alcohol, opt for low-carb options like wine or light beer.
By following these tips, you can maintain a low-carb and low-fat diet while still participating in social events and gatherings. Remember to be mindful of your food choices, practice portion control, and make intelligent substitutions when necessary. With a little effort, you can enjoy social events and stick to your diet simultaneously. This becomes much simpler with ProGen products and helps you stay in ketosis to help you reduce your weight while you enjoy your social outings and parties.