When it comes to getting your look together, many will result to plastic surgery, but with simple life style chnages in your social life, you can accomplish anything because  you’ve got it on lock. But what about your eating strategy? No matter how healthy you’ve been this year up until now, let’s face it: cheese is a formidable opponent. For those looking to indulge without regrets the next morning, “Simple swaps can save hundreds of calories,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, founder of F-Factor Nutrition. So follow these  eating rules and you can have the best of both worlds: appetizers and abs.

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Rule #1: Don’t show up starving.

If you know you’ve got a night full of eating and drinking ahead, it’s common to keep things light at lunchtime in anticipation. But don’t make the rookie mistake of showing up on an empty stomach. “Skipping meals or snacks to save up calories is counter-productive,” says Zuckerbrot. Instead, “Eat a light snack that contains both fiber and protein before your holiday function so you arrive satisfied, not famished. Grab a string cheese and small pear or have plain Greek yogurt with high fiber cereal to fill you up with relatively few calories.”

Rule #2: Prioritize.

When faced with a buffet of yummy treats, it’s tempting to start popping hors d’oeuvres as you make your way through. But in the immortal words of Cher Horowitz in Clueless, “Let’s do a lap before we commit to a location.” Scan the full buffet to find your favorite items, and start with one of each. “Stick to those choices and don’t go back for a second round,” says Zuckerbrot.

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