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Don't skip breakfast. If you starve yourself all day in anticipation of the big meal, you're more likely to overeat and feel uncomfortable. You might want to eat a lighter breakfast than normal, but don't skip it.
• If you're asked to contribute to the meal, bring a low-fat or low-calorie dish that you know you can enjoy without guilt. Fresh veggies and dips, fresh fruit, low-calorie casseroles or low-fat fruit desserts are always good options.
• Drink as much water as you can before and during the meal.
• Replace pre-meal nibbling by sipping water or a low-calorie beverage and munching on fresh veggies and healthy dip.
• Get at the end of the line if the meal is being served buffet-style. That will give you less time to go back for seconds.
• Fill up your plate with low-fat items such as white meat turkey, roasted vegetables, green salads, and either fresh fruit or a fruit dessert.
• Go easy on the veggies covered in cheese and breadcrumbs.
• Select a whole grain roll if they're available and leave off the butter.
• Use a salad plate instead of a large dinner plate to help with portion control.
• Keep healthy proportions in mind as you fill your plate: One half of your plate should be vegetables, one fourth protein, and one fourth carbohydrate.
• Keep up with the calories you drink. One 5-ounce glass of white wine has about 145 calories.
• Finish your meal with a cup of hot tea or coffee. While you're sipping, you'll have time to receive the signal from your body that it's full.