We are hardwired to like tiny things— babies, puppies, cell phones - but too many little bites at parties can make your diet go haywire. How to consume more and gain less.
DON’T GO TO A PARTY ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. “I eat a protein snack before I go, like string cheese or yogurt,” says Lisa R. Young, author of The Portion Teller Plan (Broadway Books). Experts say protein staves off hunger.
“WEAR SOMETHING SNUG,” says Jana Klauer, author of The Park Avenue Nutritionist’s Plan (St. Martin’s Press). “Studies show that women who wear loose-fitting clothes eat more.”
AFTER A QUICK SCAN OF THE FOOD, set a few rules for yourself. Decide that you’ll eat only vegetable hors d’oeuvres or only one thing from the buffet to impose a little discipline. “Look for crab, shrimp, chicken on skewers, and other lean proteins,” says Susan Bowerman, lecturer in the nutrition department at Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo. “Various types of vegetables, raw or grilled, are also good because they keep your mouth busy. Plus, the bulkiness makes you feel full. I always urge people to avoid creamy dips and sauces — the calories add up quickly.”
BE WARY OF BOOZE. “Alcohol can enhance your appetite,” Klauer says. “Alternate it with a nonalcoholic and noncaloric drink,” Bowerman says.
PLAN TO SKIP DESSERT - and start mingling or saying good-bye when the mini cupcakes appear. “If you are going to eat dessert, choose carefully - just have a couple of bites of something that is really special,” Bowerman says. “Fill up at least half the plate with fruit." Young says.
- JESSICA PRINCE