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Holiday Parties: How to Prevent Overeating

By Virginia Laird

With the lengthy list of holiday parties lining up, you are sure to be surrounded by sweets and treats galore. Much of the time, encountering a vast buffet can lead to overeating. Rather than allowing such to take place, it is necessary that you begin planning how you will avoid such. Experts have offered a list of tips for you to apply to help you skip the overeating and help offer you some self control when faced with holiday goodies. These tips include:

  • Make one trip to the buffet
  • Use a smaller plate
  • Drink plenty of water

Make One Trip to the Buffet

As you make your way through the buffet at each of your holiday parties, you are sure to encounter a wide variety of foods that are scrumptious. While you may have a brief lapse in judgement and plan to make several trips to the buffet so that you can taste everything that lies on the table, this would be a bad choice. Instead, it is suggested to those who have the desire to avoid weight gain and overeating that one trip to the buffet is best. Make sure to put everything on your plate that you have the desire to try the first (and only time) you visit the buffet. 

Use a Smaller Plate

While at the buffet, it is recommended that you opt for the smallest plate available. This helps you to limit what you choose to eat. As your plate fills up, you will be unable to pile everything on it. Another reason experts say you should use a smaller plate is that your plate looks more full more quickly. This is a great tip you can begin using at any gathering, even for your dinners at home. One trip and a smaller plate can help you limit your calories. 

Drink Plenty of Water

Consuming enough water is the best way to help curb your cravings and consumption of too much food. Water is a zero calorie beverage that is often advised to be a great tool in helping to control hunger. Experts say that drinking one glass of water prior to each meal is helpful in curbing appetite. It is also suggested that you consume at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day to maintain proper hydration, which can also assist in helping with appetite control.

Holiday weight gain is not uncommon. However, there is no need to fall victim to it. Take the advice of these professionals and start taking control of your holiday snacking. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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