Well, I live in Lebanon where the typical Lebanese Lunch.Dinner invitation at a restaurant includes the following:
4 to 5 types of salads
4 to 5 types of cold appetizers
3 to 4 types of hot appetizers
Then comes the main course
Not to mention alcoholic beverages.
These are NOT a buffet style lunch/dinner. These foods are AT THE TABLE in front of you for a 3 hour party.
So these rules have helped me ( and I have avery social life that included 11 invitations between Aug 15 and Sept 15):
-Never eat before you go. Because you will crave and cave in.
-Start planning for this by eating very light during the day and drinking lots of water during the day.
-When you arrive at your party, start with a glass or two of water.
-If there is a salad or vegetable snacks (Cheery tomatoes/Cauliflower/Carrots) munch on those.
-By the time the "Bad" foods arrive, you are semi full, a LITTLE control is needed.
-Try to leave few minutes early to allow for a short walk BEFORE you go to bed. Otherwise, all the calories you ingested are going to go your waste line.
-When you treat yourself to food you have to equally treat yourself to extra activity. So, try to burn these extra calories and don't procrastinate.
Mind over Matter!
What goes IN must come OUT!
Don't Diet..Change your way of living!