I’ve been faithfully following a new diet for two weeks, but I really blew it yesterday. I went to a wedding, and servers kept offering me bite-size tastes of this and that. I told myself it was okay to have a few extra nibbles, but then I started pigging out. I feel like such a failure. Have I just canceled out all the portion control I had been practicing?

Don’t worry: One indulgent meal won’t destroy the effects of two weeks worth of healthy eating. When it comes to weight loss, its overall consistency that counts. But the next time you attend a big buffet, try these simple strategies: Keep your hands occupied throughout the evening by holding a glass of water. Also, scope out healthy nibbles like raw veggies and fresh fruit, and place them on a napkin, rather than a plate, so you automatically eat less.

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