1. Avoid arriving at an event hungry
Before you get to the party make time for a quick snack, such as a piece of fruit, a small handful of nuts, or a small tub of yoghurt. If you are hungry when you arrive, you are more likely to eat more than you need, and more likely to make less healthy food choices.
2. Peruse the available options, then choose
Before you grab the first piece of food you see, hold off and wait to see what is on offer. The last thing you want is to be full, then your favourite hors d'oeuvres come out and you need to either miss out, or eat extra. Furthermore, the best options will not usually be the first to come out. If there is a less healthy option you really feel like eating, then have it, and enjoy it, but do this in moderation.
3. Avoid standing near the food table
When standing close by to the food table, it is much easier to keep yourself busy by grabbing some extra food. When it is right in front of you, you are more likely to wish to eat it, with the end result being over indulgence.
4. Eat slowly
Just because it is right in front of you, does not mean it needs to be inhaled. It takes approximately 15-20minutes for your stomach to start feeling full, so remember to take your time. If this is an issue for you, try to avoid wearing loose or stretchy clothes, as tighter options (for example a belt/fitted pants) will help to raise awareness of when you’re done.
You came to the party to spend time with friends, family or colleagues right? If you spend the night chatting, laughing and enjoying yourself, rather than standing in the corner and eating, you will have a much better time!
Chloe McLeod is a dietitian at BJC Health.
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