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The party hard guide

Do you want to party hard minus the heavy toll that it takes on your body? Here is a lowdown on how to survive endless parties without gaining an ounce.

entertainment Updated: Nov 27, 2010 13:00 IST
Zofeen Maqsood
Zofeen Maqsood
Hindustan Times

With barely over a month left for 2010 to come to a close, the party season is about to kick off. And soon, you, too, will start planning your party calendar. But, to survive the season of excess drinking and dining, as well as to keep yourself in the fittest and most fashionable state, you need a party guide. So, here’s a list of all you need to know on food, fitness and drinks to ensure that you sail through those endless parties and still keep in shape.

Fit as a fiddle
With an overdose of unusually heavy foods, and drinks, a special work-out session is essential. The best routine to follow during the party season is one that increases the cardio-vascular workout for the body. This may include cycling, walking briskly, jogging, and spinning or working on cross-trainers. Additional fat needs to be burned before it can find a permanent place in the hips, waist or thighs. The duration and the intensity of the workout is important.

Early morning breathing exercises, holding the tummy in while standing, walking or sitting down, and avoiding that tempting cup of sweet coffee are all small things that go a long way when it comes to allowing you to enjoy the party season without the after-effects. Plus, these are great habits to carry forward even after the party scene slows down.

The diet diaries
Keeping a tab on your diet is a must. But, you don’t have to live on soups and salads while your host serves gourmet meals. Here’s how:

Fill up on a natural meal with a low-fat protein and lots of vegetables. The protein will keep you full longer and the vegetables will curb your cravings and provide vitamins and fiber.

Alternate between a glass of water and an alcoholic drink and you will cut down your calorie consumption in half! If you have too many snacks, opt for light dinner.

Other tips to keep in mind
Never enter a party with an empty stomach.
Start with some clear soup, or broth, or a non-creamy drink.
Opt for grilled, sautéed, tossed, baked dishes/appetisers. the calories

Beer- 500ml 184 calories

Gin- 100ml 220calories

Brandy- 100ml 220 calories

Rum- 100ml 220 calories

Malibu- 00ml 204 calories

Vodka- 100ml 222 calories

Healthy party mixes

Rum and diet cola:
It’s only 110 calories, making it one of the best low calorie alcoholic mixed drinks.

Vodka and cranberry: Vodka and cranberry is a very popular cocktail, but the juice can pack plenty of calories. Replace it with a cranberry flavored crystal lite and that will help you stay away the calories, making this drink a winner at 140 calories.

Cosmopolitan: It’s an excellent low calorie alcoholic drink that can be made easily.

Mojito: It has only 160 calories and 15 grams of sugar.

Bloody Mary: The classic drink has 150 calories and 10 grams of sugar.

Smoothie: make it with plain kefir (good for your digestion), a big handful of blueberries or strawberries and a scoop of overly ripe frozen banana.

Pomegranate punch: The delicious juice has more antioxidants than green tea, and is a great drink for parties.

Must Do's

Eat and drink in moderation, knowing that there is a full day of work ahead.

Remember to give more work to your heart; cardio workouts are a must.

If there are stairs, use them. Avoid using lifts and escalators as mush as possible.

When at a party, keep yourself engaged in conversation with people. This keeps your mouth busy and hence cuts down on your intake of food. Sip your drink slowly and have a a glass of water after each drink

At parties, walk around as much as you can. Avoid sitting down at one place for more than a few minutes. It helps keep you active and ensures you don’t eat or drink too much.

... And Don’ts
Do not lie in bed later than you usually do, or over-sleep even after a late night party. If you get up early, your body will get back into its natural rhythm sooner

On non-party days, do not have heavy meals, and avoid hard drinks

Do not miss any activity routine, especially if it involves physical exercise, just because you have been to a party or are planning to

Do not go on a diet immediately after a party. It is counter-productive and provides no benefit

Do not forget to tank up on plain water whenever you can. Water keeps you hydrated, helps with detox, and ensures that you don’t feel as hungry.

Snack em’ up
The perfect snacks to have with your drinks:

1. with Baileys
Crispy wontons, steamed chicken momos, stuffed mushrooms

2. with Kahlua
Fresh tropical fruit kabobs, red beans, cheese, green salad, macaroni salad

3. with Vodka
Meat appetisers such as lard, ham, roast veal, galantine (meat-jelly), corned beef; and fish appetisers — herring, caviar, salmon, spiced sprats, or vegetarian appetisers such as pickled cucumbers, tomatoes, and mushrooms

4. with Gin
Canapés (with chicken, lobster, fruit), garlic stuffed mushroom parmesan, spinach balls

5. with Wine
Red wines do go well with heavier foods — beef, red pasta, and so on. White wines go well with most lighter dishes — salads, fish, poultry, mild cheese, oyster, shrimp or chocolates

6. with Breezers
Peanuts, mini pretzels, nachos, potato chips

7. with Beer
Boiled fish, mutton, cold and hot sausages, cheese fondue made with a mild cheese, meatballs, cocktail sausages

First Published: Nov 25, 2010 18:00 IST