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Eat, Drink, and Still Shrink

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At a Party

Cosmos and crab puffs and cake, oh my! It's a diet minefield of appetizers, cocktails, and (cue the scary music) the buffet. Those petite plates look innocent, but two scoops of spinach-artichoke dip with a handful of pita chips, a couple of slices of bruschetta, and -- yikes! -- you just downed nearly 500 calories. The worst part? The skimpy snacks don't even fill you up.

Trim Tactics

Work the room. Marcy Luhrs Brye, 30, an advertising executive in Richmond, Virginia, makes a beeline for friends she hasn't seen in a while as soon as she arrives. "Nonstop chatting keeps me too busy to overeat," she says. "It's always the parties where I'm bored that I find myself mindlessly wandering over to the dessert table."

Spread yourself thin. University of Minnesota studies found that you're more likely to overdo it when you see a variety of foods, so pick just a trio of safe bets: Think special-occasion foods like shrimp cocktail, prosciutto-wrapped melon, and caviar. You'll feel like you're indulging, but they're often lower in calories than such fried faves as chicken fingers and crab cakes, Fernstrom notes. Same goes for cocktails. Your skinniest pick is a flute of Champagne (about 85 calories).


Schedule a sweat session. Rebecca Lillis, 28, a teacher in Greenport, New York, books a training session for the morning after a bash. "It keeps me in check all evening," she says, "because I know I'll be wasting time and money if I'm too full or hung over to have a good workout." So make plans to go for an a.m. jog with a pal.

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asilvestri3 wrote:

Great list of how the holidays can get at your waistline. I've trained myself to stay far away from the food court at the mall as I can and bring healthy snacks in my bag like granola and crackers to give me a boost!

12/9/2009 09:17:30 AM Report Abuse
mamakkcamty wrote:

Exactly...she wanted her willpower strong as "steel" (as in the metal).

11/19/2009 03:14:31 PM Report Abuse
latoshia1 wrote:

It was some helping information, thanks

11/19/2009 02:35:50 PM Report Abuse
morrison.jillian wrote:

No, she meant "steel". She is not thieving (stealing) her willpower, she is rendering it strong and inflexible, as steel. Look it up (the verb):

11/19/2009 12:15:07 PM Report Abuse
horace_pearson wrote:

Great story, but in the opening segment of "While Shopping", you incorrectly spelled the word 'steel' instead of 'steal'.

11/19/2009 09:44:45 AM Report Abuse

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