Halloween Tips to Stay On Track With Your Weight Loss Goals

Earlier this week a fellow Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Brett, from Second Time Around, posted some great tips for staying on track and resisting temptation this Halloween.  They were great tips so I wanted to share them with you as well as few of my own.  

Here are Brett's tips:

Don't have temptation around - So I can't necessarily ask my wife to give up candy and not buy any. I also can't let my son not eat his chocolate which he loves so much. So instead I have asked her to hide the good candy I like and not tell me where they are. Then I asked her to only put the candy that I don't like out. This has really helped.

-Buy candy you can eat - I can eat sugar free candy and gum, so I am going to make sure I have that on hand so that way I can grab that instead when I am tempted.

-Eat the delicious Nutrisystem desserts - One way that has been helping is that when I am really craving something sweet, I just eat my Nutrisystem desserts...even if it's not dessert time yet. That way I don't have to deny myself a treat and I don't have to feel guilty after I eat it either.

-Keep Busy! - I have said it before, but I truly think this is one of the best way to help not to indulge and to stick to your diet. When I am busy, I'm not thinking about food. I find that when I am not busy, I tend to eat a lot and keep snacking. When I am busy, I don't have time to snack. So keep busy!

My Tips

-Give Out Things Other Than Candy - Instead of buying candy to pass out you could get some really great Halloween themed Play-Doh singles, pencils, erasers, stickers, vampire fangs, etc..   These are items that kids can use and they won't tempt you.

-Go Out For the Night - Every year before we lived in the neighborhood we live in now, we used to go to a friend or family members house and celebrate with them.  We never needed to buy candy because we weren't home to pass it out.  You could also make a point to go out to dinner during the prime Trick or Treat hours of 6-8 PM.  We even left our neighborhood and took our kids to the local mall for trick or treating there so our kids could still have fun but it was inside where it was warm and dry.  

-Don't Participate - If you don't have children and the temptation would be too difficult to resist you could always put a sign on the door that says "Out of Candy", that way the trick or treaters won't ring the doorbell incessantly.

-Remove the Candy November 1st - One thing that we do with all of our left over candy is send it to work with my hubby the next day.  His coworkers and customers devour it all in one day!  Neither he or I have to stare at it for the next few weeks.   We also let our kids eat up what they want the next day and get it all out of their system.  I would rather have them eat it all at once then have candy every day for the next few weeks. Dentists also recommend this method too because the sweets are only on the teeth one day as opposed to several.

I hope that these tips will prove useful for you this Halloween to keep you on track with your weight loss goals.  

Have a safe and fun Halloween!


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Anonymous said…
Those are great tips! Ive already eaten waaaay too much candy!
Auriette said…
Those are some good ideas, but sometimes it is hard to avoid the temptation. I find that if you allow yourself a small treat now and then, it's easier to stick to your other dietary restrictions.
slehan said…
I'm lucky in that I don't like candy and I'm never home on Halloween. I allow myself most anything in moderation but also I don't buy things to have in the house.
Great tips and I also tried to give out healthier treats this year. It is really hard not to nibble on all of the left over candy!