Buffets are often overwhelming and can lead to overeating and poor nutritional choices. Here are some tips to help you survive a buffet so that you can enjoy the food and feel good about your choices! Drink a big glass of water as soon as you get to the restaurant or before entering. This will help fill your stomach, leaving less room for food. Adequate hydration will help to ensure you are eating because you are physiologically hungry and not eating out of thirst. Finishing a full plate makes us feel full. The larger the plate, the more food consumed.
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Last Updated: June 18, References. This article was co-authored by Lyssandra Guerra. She has over five years of nutrition coaching experience and specializes in providing support to overcome digestive issues, food sensitivities, sugar cravings, and other related dilemmas. She received her holistic nutrition certification from the Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in There are 21 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 32, times. Eating at a buffet is a great way to try new dishes and enjoy a great meal with friends, colleagues, or family. With so many food choices and the option to go back for seconds or thirds, it can be tricky to make healthy decisions. Next time you are at a conference, a wedding, or having dinner with friends at a buffet-style restaurant, take the time to plan ahead and avoid unhealthy, high-calorie dishes.