Three ways to avoid giving into food-pushers

Say 'no thank you' and mean it when overbearing hosts try to force their goodies on you.

smiling woman in apron holding a tray of food


1. Tell the truth. If you’re serious about sticking to your dietary guns, let loved ones in on your efforts.

2. Fill your plate. If you can’t be candid about calories, “stack a small plate with nutritious options to keep food pushers at bay,” says Desiree Nielsen, a B.C.-based dietitian.

3. Volunteer a dish. “Being in control of at least one option lets you know the calorie count and gives you an excuse for seconds,” says Nielsen.

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