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Redbook's Holiday Cocktail Party Diet

With our smart just-for-the-holidays strategies, you can indulge now without regretting it later.

To avoid accidental eating, try these tricks:

  • Brush your teeth right before to discourage mindless nibbling while cooking or baking. "You won't be as tempted to sample foods when your breath tastes like peppermint," says Newgent.
  • Eat a small snack, like a cup of yogurt, 20 minutes before you start cooking, says Newgent. This will send a signal to your brain that you're already satisfied.
  • Make deals with yourself. "Recently I baked cookies with my nieces," says Daelemans. "If we ate one scoop of dough, we allowed ourselves two baked cookies. If we ate two scoops of dough, we were allowed only one baked cookie."
  • Wear bleaching strips on your teeth. "You won't want or be able to nibble when your teeth are otherwise occupied," says Newgent.

How bad can a bite be?

  • Having two spoonfuls of chocolate-chip cookie dough: 64 calories, 3 grams of fat
  • Eating leftover pie scraps: 81 calories, 5 grams of fat
  • Licking whipped cream off the beaters: 52 calories, 5 grams of fat
  • Picking just one slice of cheese from the platter: 113 calories, 9 grams of fat
  • Grabbing a handful of mixed nuts from the bowl: 168 calories, 15 grams of fat

Originally published on June 25, 2006

 

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