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What are some strategies to eat less during a social event or party?

1. Don't go to the event with food on your mind: keep to your daily routine and make sure you eat 30 minutes prior to attending event.

2. Find the healthy options: most parties/events will have a fruit and veggie tray. Be sure to locate and use as your go to throughout the party.

3. Portion Control: If this is a sit down dinner, try to specify how you want your meal prepared, if that is not an option, eat 1/2 of the meal in front of you.

4. Liquid Consumption: Keep alcohol to a minimum. Have a full glass of water between each beverage. Overindulgence in #4 will render #1-3 useless!

Wendy Batts
Fitness
When attending a social event or party there are many options to keep you from over indulging on foods that could compromise your weight loss success. Here are some strategies that you can try to help keep you from giving in to the temptation to overeat at your next social gathering:
Eat a small, healthy meal that you make at home before you go so you know the exact ingredients and how many calories you’re eating. Eating before you go will help keep you from making bad choices and snacking on everything that looks appealing.
Avoid snacking. If you hold your conversions away from the food tables, you will be less likely to grab a “snack” during or in-between your conversions with friends or party attendees. Time flies when you are having fun and if you are not careful you have eaten more calories than you are probably aware of.
Ask to see if it’s possible to order food prepared a particular way. If so, choose lower calorie options such as grilled chicken or fish.  While not always available, it never hurts to ask!
When deciding what foods to eat, look for the veggie tray. Most parties do have vegetables as an option, so you can eat these without feeling the guilt. Try to avoid using veggie dips or dressings (or keep it minimal) to help reduce unnecessary calories that can quickly add up.
Avoid liquid libations as much as possible. Make a deal with yourself. For every alcoholic beverage you consume, follow it up with 1-2 bottles of water. This will help keep you full so you will have less desire to consume “empty” calories from alcohol.
Lastly, try to keep in mind the goals that you have set and the WHY behind your decision to live a healthier lifestyle. The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes from achieving your goals and changing your life will far outweigh the temporary feelings that come from indulging during a social event.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.