Among the most dreaded moments in the lives of all those who are on a diet are parties and events, where food temptations are multiplied wherever you look. However, with a few tricks, you can get to the end without any extra calories.
Tim Morehouse, the Olympic fencing athlete who won a silver medal in Beijing, 2008, doesn't need his sword to fight temptation each time he attends a charity or gala party. Diet is a key part of his training. Therefore, his No. 1 rule is to eat before attending any event. If he didn't do this, he'd certainly end up eating an unhealthy, high-calorie meal. "My No. 2 rule is to always have a drink with soda. People won't stop bothering you until they see you drinking, so if you don't want to have an alcoholic beverage, it's best to hold a glass in your hand. If you don't get to eat before the party, my suggestion is to stay away from bread and sauces. Another option is to always carry a low-calorie bar in your pocket," suggested the athlete.
Learn to Say "No, Thanks"
Without doubt, it's a bit awkward to say "no" every time someone offers delicious temptations on a plate with snacks and drinks. To Donna M. DeCunzon-Taddeo, president of Voodoo Tiki Tequila Corp., this is a crucial step when following a diet. "It's important to be assertive and not feel compelled to say yesevery time someone offers you something. If the person insists, you can say maybe later.Alcohol is another temptation at most parties. In this case, it's not necessary to always say no. Opt for a low-calorie beer. If you prefer wine, choose spritzers (half wine, half soda)."
5 Tips to Save Your Diet
Some people believe it's impossible to go to a party without overeating. However, once they learn and implement some practical tips, they'll realize the party will be over without any extra calories!
Jodi Greebel, registered dietitian and president of Citrition, gives you the following tips:
1) Avoid going hungry to a party. Before leaving, eat a light snack, like a fruit or a reduced-calorie yogurt.
2) Chew a mint or gum. It's more difficult to be tempted if you have a refreshing mint in your mouth. Besides, it's a good idea to keep your mouth busy!
3) Serve yourself on a small plate. Rather than using a large plate for dinner, choose the small salad plate. This will help you take control of how much you're eating.
4) Choose less variety. The more options you have, the more you'll eat. Rather than having a bite of each thing you see, serve yourself a small amount of a couple of preparations. You'll end up having fewer calories than if you try everything.
5) Stay busy. The busier you are at the party, socializing with the rest of the guests or helping the host in the kitchen, the less you will eat.
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