Diet Simple Tip# 132 for Party Goers: The 25 Percent Blowout!

Photo by Katherine Tallmadge
A recent holiday party
A recent holiday party

Here's some rocket science: What happens when you go to four or five parties in a week, and you eat yourself silly at each one? You'll make a good social impression, but the impression on the scale at the end of the week will be even more impressive.

It's difficult for serious party goers to keep food intake and calories under control. Every sideboard and dining table is loaded with food, and every bottle is filled with caloric libations.

In Diet Simple's Chapter, "The Party Goer's Guide to Perfect Weight," which is especially appropriate for party animals, anyone who entertains (or is entertained) frequently for pleasure or for business, or those who go home for the holidays' Tip #132, "The 25 Percent Blowout," shares sage advice:

Don't stay home, for goodness' sake, but try this little trick: Suppose you've been invited to four gatherings. The hostess of Saturday night's party is justly renowned for her fabulous cooking. Allow yourself to indulge like crazy. Have your fill. But that's it for the week. At the other three parties, feel free to taste whatever healthful offerings that happen to be available. Otherwise, limit yourself to a glass of sparkling water. Won't you be hungry? No, because you were wise enough to eat before leaving home.**

At the height of the holiday season, you might find yourself invited to four parties in a week. Go to all of them - and indulge at one.

**Excerpted from Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations