Many people get too excited for festivities that they tend to starve themselves before the anticipated meal. This makes them feel deprived and compels them to fill up on everything, resulting to eating more than the usual.
Snacking on small servings of protein (like 2 or 3 ounces of chicken breast), healthy fat (like a handful of almonds or walnuts), and carbohydrates (such as half an apple) prevents overeating. It keeps you from feeling hungry and deprived of food.
Drinking water helps you maintain your weight by keeping the chow in control. It carries essential nutrients throughout the body and flushes out waste products and toxins from your system. Water also helps prevent sudden intoxication (so you can stay sober at the party a bit longer) and minimize the nasty hangover that comes afterwards.
If you’re anticipating a long night of partying, start your morning with 12-16 ounces of water before taking in other beverages like coffee or juice. During a party, drink a glass of water in between cocktails. You may add a slice of lemon or lime for a kick of flavor if you can’t take the taste of plain water. Drink at least eight glasses every day.
Don’t forget to socialize! Moving around not only keeps your focus away from stuffing your mouth with whatever is on the table, but it also makes you burn more calories from standing, walking, and talking. Stay away from groups who keep eating or who are seated beside the buffet table. Eating can be contagious, so if you can find a brilliant excuse to leave the foodie group, do it fast!