Are you partying tonight? The busy nature of modern life means that weekends put us in party mode! We’re keen to eat, drink, make merry and recharge for the week ahead. But does partying mean we need to bid adieu to our fitness goals? Make sure you stay on track by following these simple tips from Roshini Gilbert, VP of Services at HealthifyMe.

#1 Work out an hour before the party

Apart from making you look hotter and making you feel much better, a pre-party pump provides another big benefit. It keeps your calorie burn going for hours after you have worked out.

# 2 Have a mini meal before you step out

Having a small snack before you step out, be it a salad or something else, ensures that you are satiated and not likely to attack the snacks buffet the moment you lay eyes on it! Make sure you include a little bit of protein in the snack; try a boiled egg, an apple and peanut/almond butter or a simple sprouts salad.

# 3 Shun all unwanted carbs

Stay away from all unwanted carbs even though they may be calling out to you! Keep in mind that there’s likely to be plenty of sugar in your alcohol and the dessert. Also, choose your alcohol and the accompanying snacks wisely.

#4 Try a little bit of everything

Sample a little bit of everything that’s on the menu instead of binging on all that you see. Practising portion control is important to keeping control on your diet and weight.

#5 Dance the night away

If there’s a dance floor, there’s nothing better that you can do than hit it right away! And stay there all night! Energetic dancing may not be scheduled exercise but it can help torch plenty of calories.

Enjoy the weekend, but don’t let the party affect your weight-loss efforts!

Do you have any other tips that help you avoid party pitfalls? Tell us!

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Written by Roshini Gilbert

Roshini Gilbert

After a diligent workout plan helped her lose 30kg of post-pregnancy weight, chartered accountant Roshini Gilbert was inspired enough to go from tallying numbers to training others. A freelance personal trainer today, Roshini has been certified by the American Council on Exercises (ACE) for functional fitness and specialises in post-natal weight loss, exercises for low back pain, arthritis and osteoporosis. She also has REHAB Trainer certification from Australia for rehabilitative exercises and has trained with reputed sports physiotherapist Ulrik Larsen in corrective exercises and injury management. In HealthifyMe, Roshini has found a collaborator with a common cause – making people fit to live life to the fullest. Her assessment of how fit you are is based on three broad guidelines — stamina, body age (a person who looks way older than his age can’t be deemed healthy) and lifestyle (beware, those with bad eating habits and sedentary behaviour). Prepare yourself mentally first and then your body will follow, she says, of the opinion that if you want to change something about yourself then you need to challenge yourself to do it. Are you up for it?

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