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With football season in full swing, this is one of the most fun times of the year! Time spent with friends, cheering on your favorite team, and, of course, PARTIES! Unfortunately, however, letting the good times roll can sometimes wreak havoc on the waistline. But don’t worry, responsible partying is one of our specialties; here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are ready to let loose, but don’t want to have to loosen up that belt as a result:

  • Try to plan ahead and eat something high in protein+fiber so that you won’t be tempted to over eat on junk food at the party.
  • As best you can, try to fill up on the fruit/veggie tray as opposed to the wings. And, if the situation allows, bring your own!
  • Aim for grilled wings over fried; shoot for the deli tray over the meatballs/cocktail sausages; try to eat whole grain crackers (like Triscuits!) instead of greasy potato chips
  • Be mindful of your alcohol content (those little drinks carry calories too!)-the clearer the alcohol, the less sugar content, and therefore fewer calories. Try to keep the mixers low-cal too (choose water, tonic and low sugar fruit juice over soda, syrupy drinks)

The key is to not fear the party, but just know how to handle it! If you know far enough in advance what your plans will be, you can even go one step farther than just game-day choices, and take a few dozen calories off of your weekly intake, so that you have some wiggle room once the weekend hits!

This also holds true for your workouts; do an extra mile of cardio, or slip in an extra day of strength training. The key is to do your work and planning ahead of time, so that you can enjoy yourself when the time comes! Remember that the fit life also includes living a balanced life. So let yourself have fun! Enjoy the fruits of your labors in the gym!

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