Yes, it’s fine to forget about the calories and let loose at a holiday event, but eating until you’re sick can really kill your holiday spirit. Use these 5 tips at your next holiday party to make sure you don’t end up having to leave early or get stuck on the couch.
Tip #1: Stay Away From The Energy Drinks
We know parties usually run late, but the last thing you want to do is start taking down energy drinks. A group of people in a study at Northern Kentucky University who consumed an alcohol mixed with caffeinated drink was a stronger desire to consume more than those who mixed alcohol with a decaf beverage. Just food for thought a Red Bull has over 100 calories. A shot of liquor also has about 100.
Tip #2: Find A Quiet Place To Eat
A study shows that people who eat while listening to loud music ate about 49% more than those who were able to hear themselves chew, according to a Brigham Young study. This is also called the “crunch effect.” Seemingly, the sound of chewing may help your brain identify how much you’re consuming.
Tip #3: It’s Okay To Choose The Smaller Glass
If given the option at a party, pick the smaller wine or shot glass. A recent study in the journal BMC Public Health reported that people who drank wine out of a standard 300-milliliter glass were less likely to have another glass than those who drank the same amount of wine from a 370-milliliter glass.
TIP: # 4: Choose Wisely At The Buffet
When you choose your food, it’s important to remember two key things: fiber and protein. The more of these nutrients you eat, the quicker you’ll feel satisfied or full, which will result in you consuming less overall. So when you’re at the buffet look for items like; meatballs, vegetables, cold cuts, or shrimp cocktail.
Tip #5: Use Your Appetizer As The Main Meal
You don’t need to feel like you have to eat both the appetizer and the entrée. Actually, a study from Drexel University showed that people who ate a good appetizer rated their entrée less than people who had an average appetizer. If you find a specific appetizer you enjoy, put it on your plate and think of it as the meal.