Brunching with Abandon
For many women, this mid-morning meal is an excuse to scarf down two meals' worth of food.
Your Slim-Down Solution
Eat a piece of fruit and some lowfat yogurt first thing in the a.m. "Having a little something beforehand will curb your hunger, so you're more likely to resist that muffin basket," says Gans. Then, when you get to the restaurant, be especially vigilant if there's a buffet: Research shows that people served an assortment of food took in 44 percent more calories than those who got one dish. Scan the spread and select two or three things that look really good. "When you stick to just a few foods, you feel satisfied more quickly," says Gans. One of your picks should be eggs, which keep you fuller longer than starchier breakfast staples like bagels or waffles. Go for a veggie omelet or even eggs Benedict (ask for the hollandaise sauce on the side) and you'll get a dish that feels celebratory but has less than 350 calories.