How to celebrate and still stay on track
Fill your (smaller) plate
One of the simplest ways to monitor how much you’re eating is to consolidate your food for the evening onto one small side plate.
“Fill half your plate with vegetables, 1/4 with a lean protein such as chicken or fish—not fried, breaded or soaked in oil or a marinade—and 1/4 with ‘your choice’ as long as it stays within your SmartPoints Budget for the day. If you go back for seconds, choose mostly vegetables and a serving of protein,” says Jaimie Sherry, MS, RD, CDE, CDN, a nutritionist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College.
Be mindful about mindless grazing
According to WW nutritionist and recipes editor Leslie Fink, MS, RD, “Anything that comes in a dip or chip basket is dangerous territory,” since it's very easy to dip and munch without thinking about how much food you're eating overall.
Bellying up to the bar
Another red flag is the open bar, offering a bounty of sugary cocktails and creamy frozen drinks, not to mention hearty beers. But if you get looped into drinking a few rounds, stick to bottled, light beer or a glass of red or white wine or sangria.
Instead of having a handful of pigs-in-a-blanket, get out on the dance floor and practice your best Dancing With the Stars moves for some added activity. Or, how about just chatting with the guy from college you never see. By keeping your mouth and hands occupied with things that don’t involve food or booze, you’ll end up consuming less of both.
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Sherry also recommends the following:
Don’t go hungry.
People often skip meals or eat less before a big night out. But you're more likely to consume more than normal if you haven't eaten all day.
Feel good about yourself, burn extra calories, and remind yourself that you're making positive choices.
If you're going to have an alcoholic beverage, enjoy it at the end of your meal. Don’t let your glass of wine determine how much you're going to eat.