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10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party

Temptations abound at parties, but celebration doesn't have to mean overindulgence. Follow these tips to stay on track.

Say no the first time to passed hors d'oeuvres. Chances are good that food will come around again. See what's being served before you decide what to eat.

Limit your alcohol. Inhibitions are lowered with every drink, and those cocktails aren't calorie free. Alternate alcohol with water or another calorie free drink. And don't combine alcohol with caffeine. Caffeine speeds up the rate at which alcohol is metabolized, and it masks the effect of the alcohol.

Eat before you go. Don't go to a party starving. Eat a hard-boiled egg and an apple, a banana with some peanut butter or a slice of turkey. The protein will fill you up for few calories. You'll be less likely to binge if you're not overly hungry.

Treat appetizers as a meal. If you're going to eat 400 calories worth of appetizers, know that that's your dinner. Don't expect to go home and eat a "real" meal.

Survey the spread before you fill your plate. Confronted by so many rich foods, you might want to start piling up the food, but stop and take a deep breath. Think before you serve yourself (and try to serve yourself, so you control the serving size).

Keep track of what you're eating. Don't mindlessly eat, and try not to eat and make conversation at the same time. If your eating and drinking is spread out, you might not realize how many calories you're eating. Just because you're not eating an entire meal doesn't mean that those are free calories.

Buddy up. If you're worried about eating too many sweets, share your dessert with someone else. You'll eat less and not do as much damage.

Use a smaller plate, or commit to just one round of food. Don't pile your food so high that's it's falling off the plate.

Be choosy, and stick to proper serving sizes. Take only those foods you really like, and don't overload on them.

Bring a dish, if appropriate. If you bring something healthy, like salsa with vegetables, whole-grain crackers and light dip or a large salad, you know there's at least one option for you at the party. Take small helpings of other dishes and load up on your healthier one.
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Excellent tips. Report
Great information! Report
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Some good tips. And take a healthy dish when you can. Report
interesting article Report
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Good ideas. Thanks. Report
Grazing at get togethers is my biggest problem. I love all of the tasty finger foods available and always each more than I should. Good tips in this article to follow - thank you Report
Like DONN1ZYF, I don't much care for parties and rarely go. I guess I'm "lucky" in that the parties my husband drags me to (most frequently sports-TV viewing parties) tend to have food that I either CAN'T eat (any type of red meat) or dislike (baked beans, "white" foods like potato or macaroni salad.) So I'm not tempted. I'll usually sample fruit and veggies from the standard-issue grocery-deli platters, but these are pretty boring so it's hard to over-indulge. Report
Great advilce Report
I just don't go to the party. I don't like them anyway.
Good advice- eat before you go! My mother used to make me eat before I went out and it made me very angry. Now I understand her reasoning but canít tell her. Forgive me, Mama. Report
Saved this to my favorites. Report
going to a baby shower this afternoon but a small group of friends are meeting for brunch before that; no snacking at the shower! Report
Great Article..........
..........Thank You. Report
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Stepfanie Romine
Stepfanie Romine
A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.

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