Follow your regular schedule. When we “eat outside our normal mealtimes,” studies say, we let our appetites go. Avoid a “midwinter epiphany that your three square meals have become four—or five.”
Work the room, not the buffet. Fill a small plate with appetizers and “back away” from the spread to “migrate and mingle.”
Keep your spirits in check. You don’t have to steer clear of alcohol, but watch how much you drink. The “proverbial beer goggles” can lead to overeating. Have a glass of wine at the meal, and if you’re bound to have more than one cocktail, “alternate between alcohol and water.”
Don’t give up. Just because you overeat at one meal doesn’t mean you can’t “get back on track” the next round. And you’d better. If you don’t manage your intake, you’ll keep eating larger meals after the holidays.