Don’t you just love summer in Calgary? Especially when it’s Stampede! The whole city is buzzing with excitement, and decked out in western wear. For dieters, Stampede can be more of a stress than anything. I often hear patients complain that they obsess over maintaining their weight during big events like this. This is a valid concern, and while it is important to stay on top of your weight, there is no need to panic. A few small choices and actions can make a huge difference. Part of our Glenmore Healthcare Weight Maintenance Program is offering our patients some tips and tricks for weight maintenance, so allow me to share some with you.

First of all, never attend an event without a plan. Before you even leave your house, tell yourself how many drinks and how much food you are allowing yourself to indulge in, and follow through on your plan. Even make a deal with yourself and offer up a reward if you stick to it. If for some reason you do not win the bet, don’t get upset. Just accept it, move on and get back on track.

Another trick: Wear something tight. Squeeze yourself into those Wranglers because if your clothes are already snug, you’re less likely to over-indulge. When drinking alcohol, try to stick to lower calorie options. Beer and coolers are not your best choice, but there are healthier options available. Calgary Stampede doesn’t have to be all funnel cakes and deep fried kool aid. Did you know there is over 630 calories in a bag of 12 mini doughnuts?! That is insane, and grossly unnecessary. Buy a bag, and share it with a few friends. Eat it slow, and savor every bite. That way you can enjoy the midway fare without having to loosen your belt.

Finally, put your boots on and dance the night away! What better way to work off those calories than with some line dancing? I hope these tips help, and if you want more information on our Glenmore Landing Weight Loss Clinic, just call us at 403-452-5699. Happy Stampede!