Weight Loss: Handling High-Calorie Situations



by Sarah Lorge Butler

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Happy Hour

Survive it: Alcohol stimulates the appetite, so pre-empt that hunger with a protein-rich snack. Don’t linger at the bar if unhealthy foods are within reach. Order  low-calorie drinks, such as a small glass of wine or a light beer.

Afternoon munchies

Survive it: Is it hunger or boredom? If it's boredom, take a walk to the water cooler for a drink. If it's hunger, plan a healthy snack. Or save half your lunch to eat when you hit your afternoon lull.

Office goodies

Survive it: If the cake is for a really special occasion, have a slice. Then make a compromise later. Save the nuts and fruit you brought in for tomorrow. And move treats to the fridge so they're out of sight.

Family barbecues

Survive it: Bring a healthy dish, such as a fruit salad. Then enjoy the special foods you don't have regularly. Avoid everyday options, like crisps - they don't taste different just because you're at a party.

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