This is the time of year to celebrate, spend time with family and friends, shop till you drop, and of course trying to avoid adding on those unwanted holiday pounds. Have no fear! Here are some wise party tips to help you enjoy the holidays without having to make that traditional New Years resolution of losing those "pounds of guilt".
Tip #1: Never starve yourself the day of the party This will offset your metabolism and cause you to eat almost anything at the party, which may not be the most healthful, and will cause a major calorie and fat overload! Instead, eat several small meals throughout the day. This will keep your metabolism and appetite more under control.
Tip #2: Always have a healthy snack before the party By satisfying your hunger before going to a party, you will be less likely to eat out of hunger and more likely to make wise appetizer choices. As opposed to eating high-carbohydrate snacks, try to eat small, balanced snacks such as a Balance Bar or a handful of nuts which will depress your appetite and feel more full. Drinking hot liquids such as tea also helps to keep the appetite down.
Tip #3: Set food and social goals for yourself Before you eat anything, tell yourself how much you are allowed to eat and recognize if you're really hungry when you are eating. Try not to hang around the food table. Put a few appetizers on a plate or napkin and walk around the room to socialize. You can also set other goals for yourself such as, meeting 3 people before you can have another drink. You can make new friends and you may find yourself more interested in the conversation than what you could be eating!
Tip #4: Offer to bring an appetizer or a salad This way you can be sure you have at least one healthy choice to choose from.
Tip #5: Take time to enjoy the food At many social gatherings, the food is of very good quality, either prepared carefully by hand or catered by professionals. So take the time to enjoy the food and appreciate all the effort that has gone into preparing it.
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