Got That Post-Thanksgiving Food Guilt?

Us, too! That's why we're bringing back this article about beating bad eating habits.

Got That Post-Thanksgiving Food Guilt?

Us, too! That’s why we’re bringing back this article about beating bad eating habits.

-Jane Farrell

Thanksgiving meal

The weekend isn’t here yet, but it’s never too early to start planning your strategy to win the Friday to Saturday fat wars.

But, according to Self magazine, there are four ways you can stop yourself from eating too much—and hating yourself on Monday morning:

*Focus on healthy food at the movies: A large serving of popcorn with butter can leave you 900 calories fatter. Self suggests healthier snacks like almonds and pretzels. (Our own advice: keep the portions small, and don’t be afraid to bring in the food from outside!) Low-fat Twizzlers that you share with your moviegoing buddy will satisfy any sweet cravings , while a small size popcorn (no butter) and a Diet Coke add up to about 300 calories.

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*Be adventurous at brunch: Eggs Benedict aren’t actually bad for you, Self says. The egg is poached, so there’s no grease, and Canadian bacon is relatively low fat. As for the Hollandaise sauce, ask for it on the side and limit yourself to 2 tablespoons.

*Plan ahead for your meal out: Most restaurants have a menu on their website. Check it out before you go, and decide what you’re going to order. That way, you’ll be less likely to blurt out a last-minute, fatty choice.

*Don’t be seduced by pricey cocktails: Margaritas not only add up to about 600 calories, they usually cost more than $10. Self suggests hitting the dance floor if you’re tempted, or even going for a manicure instead. (Self)

Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.

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