Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand. With Colorado Springs being the #1 Fittest City, many people seem to know this already, but sometimes it’s easy to slip up with your diet. Not diet as in dietING, diet as in good, healthy foods to eat.
If you’ve exercised away from home, it’s easy to just pick up something at a fast food restaurant on your way home. You’re tired, you’re sweaty, you don’t want to cook. You can have a decent–not great, but decent–meal from almost anywhere, if you plan ahead. One of the things Weight Watchers teaches you to do is mentally rehearse your meal plan when you’re out. Rehearse in your head WHAT you’re going to buy, and do not stray from the plan. Go over it in your head several times until you can just say what you want at the window without thinking about it.
A salad from a fast food place can be healthy. The lettuce is just lettuce–you can’t take anything out of it! What you add into the salad will make or break your plan. Grilled chicken is a good item to add. It provides protein and since it’s grilled, you won’t get the added fat from the deep fryer. The dressing is where a lot of the calories come from. Ask for it on the side, or if it comes in packets, don’t drench your salad in it. Put a little on your fork before taking a bite, and you’ll save a few calories that way. Stop eating when you are satisfied, not when your plate is empty. Save the rest for another meal.
For your beverage, drink just plain water. If you can’t stomach the taste of water plain, add a slice of lemon to it. The water will hydrate you better than anything else, and it will actually help you to feel fuller faster.
Remember when you buy your meal out, mentally rehearse, drink plenty of water, and don’t over-eat, and you’ll be on your way to a healthy diet!