1. If faced with a buffet, limit yourself to one plateful.
- Choose your options wisely, because one plateful is plenty of food for anyone. Don’t forget that you need to leave room for a slice of wedding cake at the end of the meal too!
- Waiting around during cocktail hour? Grab a handful of veggies with a little bit of dip instead of the crackers, breads or deep fried goodies. Faced with a very long buffet of scrumptious options? Half your plate should be filled with greens and vegetables and leave the rest of your plate to indulge on other tasty offerings of your choosing.
- Not only do deep fried or creamy dishes have more calories, they are certainly heavy foods and lead to the “Goodness, I ate way too much!” feeling. This isn’t great when you want to head onto the dance floor and bust a move! But, if you’d like to have a taste of that deep fried chicken or creamy soup, take a little mini portion and savor it instead of pilling it on your plate.
- Breads and rolls can increase your salt and carbohydrate intake. Only choose one from the bread basket (whole wheat or whole grain would be best!) and leave the rest for the others at your table to enjoy.
- White or red wine averages 60-70 calories per glass, whereas a 12-ounce bottled beer can be upwards of 200 calories per serving, and mixed drinks can be even higher. Also, red wine in moderation can help decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease! (Moderation equals 1 glass for women or 2 glasses for men a day).