Just because you’re dieting doesn’t mean girls night out are over. Sure, a typical girls night out might involve cocktails, fancy coffee drinks or desserts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some changes to fit in the fun with your new lifestyle. In fact, meeting with your friends can be a great way to keep up your motivation and renew your commitment to weight loss, especially if you’re all trying to lose weight. So, why not join the girls and turn a night out into a healthy push towards losing more weight?
Meeting with the girls for a night out doesn’t have to be about food and piling on the calories. In fact, you can make it all about burning calories, rather than consuming them. Depending on what your interests are, you can do anything from meeting to walk your dogs to going out clubbing all night long. According to experts, dancing for an hour can burn up to 350 calories an hour, depending on your weight and the intensity of the dancing. Or, you can try making a stop at the local ice rink and have some hot cocoa instead of the high-calorie alcoholic drinks you would normally indulge on.
Can’t give up food in your night out? There’s no need to avoid all food just because you’re dieting. In fact, you can turn a girls night out into a chance to explore light dishes at restaurants. If you’re eating Italian, for example, skip the pizza and pastas and instead pick grilled chicken or fish, which is often found in the menu as well. Asian food? Japanese and Thai food tend to be served in smaller portions than western cuisine and use lots of fish and veggies. Salads are always a good option, especially if you ask for the dressing on the side, so you can control how much you use. Make the outing fun by trying out a new restaurant every week and competing to find the lightest, most diet-friendly dish on the menu.
If your typical girls night out involves alcohol, you’ll need to make some changes. Beer and ale are high calories and not a good choice if you’re watching your carbs. Eggnog, champagne and many cocktails are full of sugar and can pile on the calories even if you’re just having one glass. Your best choices are hard liquors: vodka, whisky and gin all contain less than 100 calories per glass. Or, have a glass of wine, but drink slowly and don’t make the alcohol the center of the night.
If you’re worried about the many temptations out in the world, you can try turning your girls night out into a girls’ night in. Gather together supplies and turn the living room into a spa. Give each other a pedicure or a facial. Pop in a movie and share laughs over a huge bowl of air-popped popcorn. Hold the butter to save calories.