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10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party

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    I learned to socialize, not to focus on the food.
  • Good tips. I still struggle, but I try to implement one or two new tactics each time, so that it's an indulgence, but not a blow-out.
  • These are great tips, but most of us know all of this already. It's getting yourself to actually implement any of this in the first place that is the trick. It's hard to step back and take a deep breath when everyone else is in a feeding frenzy. It's hard to portion control anything at a party without being conspicuous and having to answer a bunch of embarrassing questions, unless you are extremely good at eye-balling portions. It's hard to keep track of what you are eating and not be distracted when you are surrounded by people. It's nearly impossible not to have to converse with people at a party; are you to hide in a corner all night? Why go at all at this point?
  • Benefit #3,325 of being anti-social: no worries about binging at parties.
    As someone who suffers from BED (Binge Eating Disorder) I get worried when the term BINGE gets overused and applied to any situation where overeating may occur. Eating a few hundred extra calories or even a thousand extra calories is NOT a binge. Eating thousands of extra calories in a short period of time until you feel physically sick and disgusted is closer to what a real binge is than what is described in the article.
  • Small plate and head for the shrimp - it's low in fat and raw veggies. Raw veggie crunch is much better than chips.
  • I started to eating out a small plate. But if I don't fix dinner they will give me a big plate.
    For me, I have to decide if the party is worth it. I really don't enjoy large gatherings at all. Since I'm so anxious I know I will inevitably overeat or be so on guard with food and whatnot that it makes it even worse. I've just learned how to handle it when I have to go that I don't track or keep up with what I'm doing or not. They aren't my favorite things but I've learned how to handle and minimize them.
  • Everyone says use a smaller plate. Last time I was at a party, I chose the larger plate. I put my veggies on it, took a tablespoon of the dip, added a couple of other healthy appetizers and that was all I ate. I didn't have to remember how many plates I had. I could spread all the food out, so I could see exactly what I was eating and I was satisfied and didn't feel deprived.

    I wonder if you'll get a reply to this, because I'd be interested in the suggestion offered.

    It could be (I don't know--I don't know if this will work for you) that the answer that might work for you *is* in the article. What if you brought a dip that you particularly liked? That way at least you'd know what was in it, and just how bad the damage might be if the willpower generator just completely craps out on you. You could plan for a "worst case scenario", and adjust your fats (the real problem in most dips) that day, and plan for a little less fat the next day also, plus a little more exercise.

    Or, are there any lighter versions of the dips you particularly like that you could prepare?

    So I guess that's the same as "taking the calorie hit", as you mentioned, but I bet there are times and situations where we all end up doing that. There may not be a way to avoid it. Then I guess we just gotta pay for it.

  • All these look like good tips, however my problem isn't addressed. I'm sure it's psychological, but I LOVE dips, and 'just say no' doesn't cut it. Normally I don't have any problem at all with portion size, but If I even start on a particularly tasty chip dip, you might as well give me the bowl and a spoon. Nor do I have much willpower at all to stay away from them. I either have to stay away from parties or take the calorie hit--haven't found a happy medium yet.

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