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You can have a social life when on a “diet”

Whenever I tried to lose weight and went on a diet, I tried to make sure I didn’t have to go out socially.
As going out socially for me always meant having a dessert, potentially some alcohol, and generally a 3 course meal, with chips (always chips).
So I just tried to avoid going out socially, as I didn’t want to “break” my diet.
But when I couldn’t not go, that was the end of my diet. And it took me ages and a lot of courage and determination to get back on it.
That moment was also the moment where I used to eat even more, especially all the things I had abstained for, for as long as I was on the diet.
2 things I would say today:
1. Socialising doesn’t always mean going out for food. I can do lots of other things with my friends.
Going for a walk in the park, a museum visit, going to a concert, and so much more.
Of course, having a cuppa at the end of before is generally part of it, but it doesn’t have to include cake.
2. I can eat out without messing things up.
First of all, since I don’t see a diet as deprivation, but as a way of eating that is sustainable, then a menu in a restaurant will have plenty of stuff that I can eat.
Portion sizes in restaurants are already way larger than what I generally would consider reasonable. So I often share a starter and a main course, and be even more sociable that way.
And if I really fancy dessert, one thing I learned is that the first 2 spoonfulls of anything, is when you really get the flavours and taste of food.
Once you’re over that, you continue to eat because it’s there. Not because of the flavour.
So I just grab a spoon, have one or two spoonfulls of whatever others are ordering and I might fancy, et voila!
Oh, and btw, it’s OK to just have a salad or a soup if that’s what I fancy!


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