2) Eat a large, filling meal prior to the event
Before going to the event, eat a very large meal. Get as full and satiated as possible within reason. The fuller you are going to the event, the less food you’re going to eat. I usually recommend a lean cut of red meat (not a lot, 100g or so), with white potatoes and a lot of veggies. When I mean a lot of veggies, I really mean a lot of them. It’s common sense and general knowledge vegetables are low in calories, but people don’t realize how low some of them can be, you can get a gigantic massive plate full of veggies for under 200 calories. The closest this meal is to the event, the better.
3) Eat less meals
If you know your caloric intake is going to be high for a specific meal, an easy way to off-set it simply cut out the remaining meals. If you’re used to having several meals spread through the day, this will be harder and you might be a bit hungry, but if you manage it it’s an simple yet effective method. You can also use this together with the previous tip.
4) Pay attention to food order
Try to eat the less caloric and more fulfilling food first. Get your lean protein and veggies in before moving to the other dishes and desserts. Also avoid the appetizers: the bread, cheese, etc while you wait for food to arrive – they’re not going to fill you very much. If you decide to eat them, put in your plate already what you wanna eat and stick with that. It’s easier to just keep grabbing and eating more and more food, without realizing how much you have ate in total. So decide the amount right off the bat and stick with that. Asking for a diet soda while you wait for the main dish will help you to minimize the need to eat.
5) Drink a lot
Drink plenty, both before and while you eat. Water or diet soda is fine, this will make your stomach full without consuming many extra calories, further decreasing the amount of food you’re going to eat.
6) Avoid high-calorie foods
This seems obvious, and yet many people fail to do the obvious. If you’re presented with 2 choices, and you know one is lower in calories, go for that one. Just using this alone can easily save you hundreds of calories. A problem with this approach is that in restaurants sometimes it’s hard to know how many calories you’re getting because you don’t know what’s in your food.
The most common case is salads, you’re thinking you’re eating 50 calories of lettuce, but you might be getting 50 calories of lettuce with 300 calories of olive oil. The best option to avoid this is and ask for the simplest food possible (like a steak with rice, chicken with veggies, etc).
In the case of oil’s, you can ask to not put any oil’s in your food. A client of mine once said she was allergic, with fear they’d put oil on her food even against her will (chefs don’t really care how much calories there’s in a dish, they simply want it to make it taste good). A bit extreme, but effective nevertheless.