If you’re trying to lose weight, Halloween may seem like the spookiest time of the year. You don’t have to ditch your Halloween plans just to stay on track. The team at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville wants you to know about some sneaky trips that can help you enjoy Halloween without racking up thousands of calories in one night.
Eat before you go trick or treat.
A common mistake among dieters during Halloween or any other special occasion is they skip lunch and even dinner to ‘save’ their calories for later. This isn’t a healthy strategy.
A better way of doing it is filling up your plate with a healthy source of protein, fiber, and carbs before heading out for your Halloween event. Protein and fiber can keep you full for a long. This can keep you from snacking all of the candies or treats served in front of you.
Burn calories through trick or treating.
Leave your car at home and take your kids or yourself trick or treating by foot. It’s more fun and it can help you burn calories (every step counts!).
Check the nutrition label.
Halloween may only be once a year but a candy here and there can easily add up! If you’re planning to treat yourself, choose one or two candies, with the lowest calorie count possible.
Plan your treats.
Going home with a bag of candies can be so tempting. One way of making you feel satisfied without guilt is by planning your treats.
Spread them out in days. Plan ahead which treat you’ll be having in certain days so you won’t go beyond your allotted calories for the day.
If you’re hosting a party, serve healthy snacks.
Healthy doesn’t need to be boring. You can still have a fun, spooky party and still eat healthily. There’s a ton of healthy Halloween party food ideas out there. You simply just have to play around with food and let your creativity shine.
Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. Foothills is affiliated with the Fort Sanders Regional Center for Bariatric Surgery, part of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.