How To Lose Weight Fast: Be Smart About Socialising

It’s party season and with a string of social events in your diary, you can already see the potential Syns mounting up before your eyes! While eating is always going to be a big part of the fun, weight gain really doesn’t have to be – especially when you have a couple of strategies up your sleeve. ‘If you’re faced with a buffet, check out the whole table and locate the Free and Speed Free Food first,’ suggests Alexandra.

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‘Once you’ve filled your plate with lean meats, fish and vegetables, you can choose guilt-free which other foods you want to use your Syns for.’ If you’re eating at a restaurant, check out the menu beforehand so you can identify the lower-Syn options – and if you think you might be swayed by your friends’ choices, get your order in first!

Try-it tip: Keep hunger at bay. Wherever you are on your weight-loss journey, socialising can be tough when everyone around you seems to be eating and drinking with abandon, and well-meaning friends and family urge you to ‘treat yourself’. Many members find it’s easiest to eat at home before they go out, so they’re not trying to resist temptation on an empty stomach. ‘If you don’t want to eat a full meal, have a mug of Free vegetable soup,’ says Alexandra. ‘Cook a batch and freeze individual portions in freezer bags – then just defrost them in the microwave. If you’re not ravenous when you go out, you’re more likely to make more weight loss-friendly menu or buffet choices.’ You’ll find freezer-friendly soup recipes on LifelineOnline, the website for Slimming World members.

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