How to Survive a Tailgating Party when you are on a Diet

Do you love football season and enjoy a good tailgating party? Usually tailgating is a fun social event that happens around the “tailgate” of a vehicle. They usually occur in a stadium parking lot before (sometimes even after) a football game or other sporting event. The food and beverage choices aren’t always healthy so if you have a tailgating event to attend, use these tips to make sure that you stay on track. Use these 7 tips to survive a tailgating party when you are on a diet.

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Limit the Alcohol

It is easy to be tempted to order a bunch of drinks while you are hanging out with your friends. But if you are drinking too many alcoholic beverages then you may be canceling out your entire week of healthy eating. Instead, opt for one or two drinks preferably alcoholic drinks that are low in sugar/carbs.

Skip the margarita or pina colada and choose a wine or light beer instead. Even better if you skip it all together. Plus, limiting your alcohol intake will also prevent you from accidentally overeating.

Reduce Calories Whenever Possible

Here are a few ways to reduce the calories that you are eating. Try to skip the following foods:

  • mayonnaise or mayonnaise based sides such as coleslaw, potato salad
  • cheese, cheese dip, cheese based entrees/sides
  • butter
  • french fries
  • nachos
  • chips
  • wings
  • hot dogs
  • ranch dressing/dip
  • remove all or at least half of the bun if you eat a hamburger

Try to opt for low fat meats such as chicken or pork whenever possible. It isn’t always easy to control the food choices if you aren’t hosting the party yourself. Use these hacks to try to make the party as diet friendly as possible.

Plan Ahead

If you know that you are going to spend time tailgating over the weekend, you can try to save up additional calories during the week to help account for the extra food or beverages that you plan on consuming. I normally am not a fan of rewarding yourself with food but in this case, it will allow you to relax and enjoy your weekend with your friends.

Bring Along Some Healthy Alternatives

It is hard to control what other people bring to a tailgating party but you can opt to bring some healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. Instead of picking up chips and salsa, opt to bring a vegetable platter with a yogurt based dip. Pinterest has a bunch of great ideas if you need some additional suggestions.

Fill Your Cooler with Water

Fill Your Cooler with Water

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Don’t forget to pack plenty of bottled water in your cooler. Drinking plenty of water will keep you from getting dehydrated. Plus, it will help keep you feeling full or can help ward off aimless snacking. Try to avoid adding soda to your cooler. Soda is packed full of sugar and empty calories.

Don’t Go Back for Seconds

It can easily be tempting to continuously snack for several hours when you attend a tailgating or game day party. Instead, opt to fill up your plate once. This will help prevent you from overeating and ruining your week of healthy eating.

Exercise Before Your Planned Party

Try to head to the gym or get your workout finished before you head to your tailgating party. The extra calories that you burn can help keep your calorie intake in check. Plus, it working out will give you an energy boost too.

I hope that you are able to enjoy your next tailgating party without having to worry about blowing your diet. Don’t forget to use these 7 tips so that you can survive a tailgating party when you are on a diet.

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What is your favorite tip or idea?