Happy Halloween! Halloween can be a fun and exciting holiday for both kids and adults, but it can also be a time when we overindulge on sweets at the detriment of our health. Excess sugar consumption has been linked to a number of different issues, but it also promotes weight gain, which is something we actively try to prevent here at Bhatti Weight Loss Center.
That being said, if you are smart about how you approach Halloween night and the days and weeks that follow, we’re confident that you’ll be able to keep Halloween treats from sabotaging your diet and weight loss journey.
Halloween And Your Diet
Eating a couple pieces of candy on Halloween night won’t cause you to lose all the progress you’ve made on your weight loss journey, but if you develop some bad habits because candy is omnipresent during and after Halloween, it can serve to hurt your weight loss goals. Here are some simple ways to keep Halloween and all the sweet treats that go along with it from corrupting your diet.
- Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind – If you’ve purchased candy to give out on Halloween, oftentimes it’s helpful to keep it out of sight so that it’s not on your mind and easily accessible. If you grab a piece every time you walk through the kitchen because it’s in a bowl on the table, you can easily have five or more pieces throughout the day, and all that sugar will add up. The same goes for after Halloween if you have leftover candy or your kids bring home a bunch. Keep it out of sight, and it will be easy to avoid overindulging.
- Eat Before You Treat – Whether you’re planning on giving out candy at home or tagging along with your kids as they Trick or Treat, make sure you eat a healthy dinner beforehand. If you’re out on an empty stomach, it’s easy to keep reaching for candy. Just like we don’t recommend grocery shopping on an empty stomach, we advise against Trick or Treating on an empty stomach.
- Lace Up Your Walking Shoes – Halloween can be a very easy night for you to get some extra exercise, which will only help your weight loss. Instead of shutting around the kids in your vehicle or parking at the end of the block and waiting for them to do a loop, lace up your walking shoes and walk with them! You’ll be able to burn off some energy and calories walking around with your kids.
- Portion Control – Portion control is a huge part of a normal weight loss program, and it’s also important during and after Halloween. If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, go for a mini or fun-sized bar instead of grabbing the king size candy bar. You can even break larger pieces of candy into smaller chunks to be enjoyed throughout the day instead of all at once.
- Give Out Something Besides Candy – If you don’t want to be tempted by candy inside your home, give out something other than candy. Temporary tattoos, spider rings, stickers and pencils are fun alternatives to candy that children will still enjoy seeing in their bag at the end of the night.
- Get Rid Of Excess In Creative Ways – Get creative with how you get rid of excess candy. If candy just sits around your house until it’s gone, eventually you’ll start snacking on candy simply because it’s there, even if it’s not a treat you’d normally enjoy. See if you can donate it or give it away to others, or consider having your child trade in candy for something else. For example, give them $1 for every 20 pieces of candy they give to you, which you can then dispose of. Find creative ways to incentivize your kids into donating or trading their candy so that you can get it out of the house without tears.
Minnesota Weight Loss Clinic
If you keep all of the above tips in mind, and you stick to the healthy habits you’ve already formed, we’re confident that you can keep Halloween from causing problems for your diet. And if you’d like some more hands-on help with your weight loss journey, reach out to Dr. Bhatti and the team at Bhatti Weight Loss Center today at (952) 368-3800.