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How to Deal With the Buffet at a Wedding Reception

It is June and wedding season in is in full bloom. Weddings are fun-filled events, but beware of the buffet. It is all too easy to pile the calories onto one little plate. Here are a few suggestions on how to survive with the buffet table.

  • Survey the Table: Don't start at the beginning of the table and take one of everything the buffet has to offer. Give the table a once over and pick out the healthiest options. Put those options on your plate.
  • Easy on the Drinks: Alcoholic drinks are surprisingly high in calories. Plus they diminish your willpower, making it harder for you to make wise decisions.
  • Drink Plenty of Water: By all means toast with a glass of bubbly, but stick to water for the rest of the evening. It is refreshing, zero calories, and might just make you feel more full.
  • Walk the Line Once: Don't go back for seconds. Just don't. You want to save room for cake, right?
  • Avoid Hors d'oeuvre: Starters tend to be high in calories. It seems like food eaten off a napkin doesn't really count; but it does. Go for the crudités – feel no need to limit your consumption of these raw veggies. For dipping sauce, on the other hand, keep a light tough.
  • Stop When You're Full: Sometimes we all need to be reminded for the obvious. When you are full, stop eating. That is the best way to not over indulge. Just think how light you will feel on the dance floor.

How do you deal with the buffet table at any event? Share your advice in the comments section below.

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MyPov MyPov 8 years
letting loose for one night's celebration may be easy for you but for those who are actually obese and need sites like fitsugar to keep them in check, it's helpful to keep these tips in mind. i am personally not obese but weddings are a trigger for me to binge for sure. and my family members who are in fact obese definitely go overboard and let loose way too much, to the point that it sickens me just to watch. i think finding the right balance is always going to be difficult. if i could pull it off, i'd indeed take only one round at the buffet and select only the dishes i reeaaally want but only a little so i can taste a bit of everything that looks delicious and have one slice of cake and one drink. easier said than done though.
BeautiJunki BeautiJunki 8 years
oh thank goodness we agree ladies! it is a celebration if you can't splurge a bit a wedding you'll be the bitter chick in the corner judging everyone else having ladies know the grump in the corer, she's at every wedding! :p
Calimie Calimie 8 years
I agree with everyone above. It's a wedding! I don't attend one every week so if I overindulge that day I won't regret it. No one gets fat from over eating once. If it's enjoyable, it's okay.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I'm going to a graduation party tomorrow and there will be lots of yummy food. I'm going to call it my cheat day and move on. Obviously I won't be eating so much that I'm stuffed but it's good to indulge every once in a while.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I agree with everyone, good tips and all, but you only live once.
EmyAnne EmyAnne 8 years
they obviously meant well when writing this but you only live once and life just isn't fun if you don't quick back and enjoy things like weddings!! so i totally agree with you all, sometimes you just gotta have fun and worry about being good tomorrow!
EmyAnne EmyAnne 8 years
hahaha awww... Ster- that made me laugh!!
Ster Ster 8 years
Other helpful suggestions: - before driving home, run around the block for a couple of times to burn off all those calories you may have accidentally ingested - do squats and lunges on the dancefloor and call them your "hip new dancemoves" - wear a dress with pockets where you can hide the food you're pretending to eat when the bride gets annoyed you're only having carrot sticks - or even better: buy your dress a size too small, it'll be on so tight you won't be able to eat Sheesh.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Yeah sheesh....this is the last place I'd want to obsess over calories. I mean, I think it would be one thing to decide ahead of time to skip one or two things like the alcohol (uhh, but who would want to) cake or hors de'ouevre, I don't even like cake, but to worry about every choice, no way!
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
I grab a small spoonful of everything that interests me, a small sliver of whatever meat is being served and don't go back for 2nds. I am usually full anyway. I also don't drink so that saves calories right there. I drink water or tea and then coffee with cake. And I have a small slice of cake. No 2nds. Sure its a wedding and its supposed to be carefree and fun, but I lost lots of weight this year and don't want to ruin it! If I do it once I will do it more and more!! I don't even want to get into the habit of letting loose!!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I actually prefer a wedding dinner buffet as opposed to a plated dinner. Usually the options are some sort of chicken or beef and it's always soaked in some nasty sauce and the vegetables are always drenched in butter. Usually the buffet options are a little healthier and you can pick and choose what you want to eat. I try to be healthy, but hey, it's a wedding; you're supposed to live it up a little!
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
i hate posts like this...its a wedding, for gods sake! let us girls let loose from time to time! you can eat healthy and count calories and what not on the day to day, but i don't think there's anything wrong with a break here: good for mind, body, and soul
courtneyd courtneyd 8 years
I noticed when I ate at a buffet I tend to grab a little of everything, and it was like having 3 different meals on a plate. I don't order 3 meals when I go to a restaurant, even if 3 entrees sound good - I just pick one. So now I try to make a single meal on my plate - if there's noodles and rice, and chicken, beef, and grilled veggies, I just pick out something like chicken with noodles and maybe a side of veggies. I'm with the rest on forgoing the cocktails - drink up! :-)
emalove emalove 8 years
Haha, I know, I definitely indulge in the cocktails whenever I go to a wedding!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I agree ladies. I eat like crazy and drink alot too on weddings! ;)
imLissy imLissy 8 years
screw that! free food and drinks! I'll be healthy the next day
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
Easy on the drinks?! I thought getting drunk was half the fun of wedding receptions!
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