I was at a conference this weekend in Austin Texas…did a lot of networking, lots of learning, some drinking, and some good eating.
I experienced real Texas BBQ (brisket, pork and beef ribs)…and my first chicken fried chicken (it was a toss up between this and chicken fried steak)
One thing I can say for sure is that I’d likely be 300lbs if I lived here for any length of time…I simply wouldn’t be able to resist going for BBQ every day!
(I’m sure if I grew up here I would have learned to eat all the food around here without wanting to overdo it as much as I did after eating it for the first time this weekend).
Being at an event like this conference definitely changes the eating opportunities and patterns from my regular daily routine. There is complimentary breakfast and snacks as well as lunch and dinner networking meetings/opportunities that cannot be passed up and frankly I don’t want to pass up.
There were so many eating opportunities that I knew I’d probably go over my calorie needs on one or two of the days so I simply use the bookend diet hack technique to make sure I don’t gain any weight (going low calorie the day before I leaving and the day after returning)
The point is that it’s much easier to eat at a calorie deficit when you’re at home in your regular routine. Might as well keep it tight and the calories low before and after your trip/event and give yourself the freedom to have a bit more when you’re there.
That way you can partake in all the eating events that are likely going to happen without having to restrain yourself or feel like you’re missing out.