The Partier: How to Defend While it's hard to say no to cocktails and conversation when you need to blow off steam, partying habits do more harm than good. Studies show that alcohol actually stimulates the appetite, meaning you're going to pile on even more calories than the ones you're imbibing. The next time your partying friend suggests a get-together, go somewhere where alcohol and food aren't the main attraction, says Conason. Time to dust off your bowling shoes (for an activity that burns 115 calories an hour!) and brush up on your pool skills.
Simpson offers this tip for nights out: "Be the first to order, and get the healthiest drink -- a spritzer, for example. Order a water and keep it in your other hand. It'll take you twice as long to finish your drinks, and you won't have another hand to accept a new one."
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