Tips To Keep Your Calories In Check Over The Weekend


We all know it can be difficult to stay on track with the diet over the weekend, the pull of a nice, sugar and fat rich takeaway is often too much to resist. And let's face it, if you've been disciplined and eaten well all week then there's no reason why you can't enjoy a little indulgence from time to time. But should these indulgences turn into more frequent affairs, then here are a few ways to make small but effective changes to save your waist line.

1.) From a calorie perspective, limit foods that come with a creamy sauce. Pasta Carbonara, Korma curries, lasagne and other béchamel sauce pasta dishes are examples of high fat, calorie dense menu choices. For healthier alternatives, keep your eyes peeled for a tomato based sauce, or dishes that are seasoned rather than cooked in a load of butter and cream.

2.) Beware of hidden sugars, Chinese food is a prime example of indulgent sugar packed grub! The British interpretation of Chinese cuisine delivers a caramelised sugar, MSG packed mixture of classics like Kung Pau chicken, Crispy shredded beef, sticky BBQ sauce ribs, and chicken balls smothered in sugar laden sweet and sour sauce!

Tip: To limit the sugar content of your meal consider trying a Chow Mein, or a chicken and noodle/ vegetable soup option. Some of the lowest sugar soups are hot ‘n’ sour soup and egg drop soup, give them a try. You can also get a nice stir fried veg, a plain or egg fried rice to go with a beef and tomato dish…job done!

Tip: As a rule of thumb, for Indian takeaways think fat, and for Chinese takeaways think sugar. Trouble is, they’re both usually high in salt, so eat sparingly.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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