7. For appetizers, think fresh. Boiled shrimp with lemon or cocktail sauce is a smarter pick than fried hors d’oeuvres. Other healthful starters include stuffed mushrooms, sliced low-fat cheese, and raw veggies with hummus.
8. Don’t fast before dinner. It will probably lead to overeating. Instead, grab some small, low-calorie snacks beforehand.
9. Avoid a deadly dinner. A study of heart-attack patients suggested that an unusually large meal—packed with carbohydrates, fat, and salt—quadrupled the chance of having a heart attack within the next two hours. For more, read Heart Attack On a Platter.
10. Relearn buffet eating. You would not order one of everything from a menu, so scan the table and make your choices before you load up a plate.
11. Skip the whip. Whipped cream can add 100 calories or more when used as a drink or dessert topper. Try going without, or opt for a nonfat version.
12. Eat slowly. For most people, incidents of heartburn are episodic and
result from eating too much too fast.
13. Just say no. Peer pressure never gets easier to handle. But if you’re being urged by a host to keep eating when you’re full, this polite but firm statement should be able to do the trick: “No thank you, I’ve had enough. Everything was delicious.”
14. Sip tea. You can cut about 3,500 calories, about the amount it takes to put on a pound, by choosing tea over soda throughout the holidays. Try drinking it without sugar or milk. And tea has health benefits, too.