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How to Eat at a Holiday Party When Dieting

Holiday Fit Tip: Buffet Strategies

This time of year, holiday parties are a plenty and with them come plenty of tempting foods and drinks. It is best to walk into a party with a game plan and here are some strategies to help.

  • Never go to a party hungry. Meeting a buffet table with an empty stomach usually spells diet disaster. Have an apple and a handful of nuts before going out, this way you will not be starving when you start to party.
  • Alternate your alcoholic beverages with sparkling water. This way you avoid not only calories, but a hangover as well. Champagne and wine have significantly fewer calories than egg nog and hot buttered rum.
  • Fill your buffet plate with veggies. This way you will fill up on healthy foods. Look for veggies that are simply prepared and not smothered in butter or cheese.
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  • When filling your plate take a bite sized portion of dishes that look tasty, but not overly indulgent. This way you will feel like you are treating yourself, without going overboard.
  • Don’t hang out by the food table. This one seems pretty obvious, but is always worth repeating. Doesn't everything come down to location? You will be less likely to mindlessly snack if you are not near all the food.
  • Sit down to eat. Even if it is a "stand and talk" party, find a chair and take time to taste and enjoy the party food. This will give you the psychological perspective of having eaten a meal, and help you keep yourself in check.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
Ha, I always try to hit the buffet line last. By that time, all the "good stuff" is usually gone. By "good stuff", I mean all the scrumptious-looking canapes and desserts. What's usually left is all the healthy stuff, like fresh veggies and dip. So then I really have no excuse to pig out, lol.
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
thats a really good tip godiva :)
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years
My Family always has peel and eat shrimp and a few other good options. So I just load up on them and take a SMALL amount of the other stuff that I cannot live without. *Remember it is a party so eat the things you only get once or twice a year and skip the stuff you can get anytime. That way you won't feel deprived.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
How about not drinking to the point where you would even possibly have a hangover?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have more tips *grab the "salad" plate instead of the giant plate, you will take less *avoid anything that is smothered in Cheese. *skip dessert, and go for more veggies i guarantee that a bit of dip is better than a slab of cheesecake
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Avoiding a hangover is key!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
We had THE BEST buffet for out Christmas Party. Oh my god was it ever good!
godiva30 godiva30 9 years
I have a buffet tip that always works for me, NEVER go through the buffet line first. Wait a while... all the glorious food doesn't look as tempting after the majority of the guests have plowed through it. Then it's easier to avoid temptation and stick to healthy eating. Usually the high calorie foods are the first to go anyway, save yourself and your diet!
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