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How to Prevent Overeating at Barbecues

If you're headed to a barbecue this weekend, arm yourself with these tips from fellow FitSugar readers on how to prevent overindulging on all the good eats.

  • Hottpink says, "I make sure I eat a little something healthy before I go. If I arrive at the BBQ starving then I have a harder time controlling myself!!"
  • "I bring something that is healthy that I know I like and try to fill up more on that. Then either eat the other stuff in moderation that's not so good or bring substitutes like turkey dogs or slaw with a vinegar dressing as opposed to mayo, etc." — kclulu
  • "I let myself have a hamburger and a few chips so I don't feel deprived, and fill up the rest of my plate with fruits and vegetables." — a million suns
  • "I stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and that helps keep my hunger in check. I also let myself have one to two bites of something that is not so good for me, and fill the rest of my plate with things that are nutritious." — telane
  • Yogaforlife says to bring or serve salad and "healthy dips such as homemade salsa and hummus."
  • DivaDivine says, "I eat in a defined order: veggies, fruits, lean protein, carbs, and if I'm not stuffed at that point, dessert. "
  • "Usually I don't rely on the BBQ food to be my actual meal because it's usually really rich and fattening, so I eat my real lunch or dinner before I go or after I get back. " — Spectra
  • Both mamasitamalita and GlowingMoon suggest listening to your body, which means to stop eating once you're full.

If you have any other great tips to add, feel free to share them in the comment section below.

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a-million-suns a-million-suns 6 years
Elsi_new and kclulu, I also have that problem! Like Asche said, it's most likely some insecurity they have, so I try not to take it too personally. Also, if you eat a little bit of what they're eating, they tend not to notice that you're eating mostly healthy things.
Asche Asche 6 years
@Elsie_new: They probably just feel really insecure about their own eating habits and general health, so they lash out at you. I wouldn't take it personally though. Just tell them you care about your body!Another tip: I always have gum with me. I'm not so into gum chewing, but I find it's the best way to curb sudden cravings when I have no healthy options of a toothbrush around. Sugarless gum and/or teeth brushing puts a new flavor in your mouth that, for some reason, curbs your craving (especially for something sweet). I swear by this method!
Asche Asche 6 years
@Elsie_new: They probably just feel really insecure about their own eating habits and general health, so they lash out at you. I wouldn't take it personally though. Just tell them you care about your body! Another tip: I always have gum with me. I'm not so into gum chewing, but I find it's the best way to curb sudden cravings when I have no healthy options of a toothbrush around. Sugarless gum and/or teeth brushing puts a new flavor in your mouth that, for some reason, curbs your craving (especially for something sweet). I swear by this method!
kclulu kclulu 6 years
elsi_new, I have the same problem. It really does irritate me because I don't shove my healthy eating habits down anyones throat but just eat what I chose, which should in no way effect them, but they rarely let it go and I have to deal with a lot of eye rolling. But thats their problem not mine and if I am not defensive and smile and ask why they care, they usually realize they have no reason to care and shut up:)
chakra_healer chakra_healer 6 years
I never eat chips, potato salad, or anything like that, but do have my fill of grilled steak, dry rubbed ribs, and grilled corn and sweet potatoes. Other than the meat, I am not eating fats or sauces, so I do not worry about it and enjoy the day.I also do not drink alcohol, so, unless there is a problem with limeade or iced tea (splenda or agave sweetned)? I'm golden.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 6 years
I never eat chips, potato salad, or anything like that, but do have my fill of grilled steak, dry rubbed ribs, and grilled corn and sweet potatoes. Other than the meat, I am not eating fats or sauces, so I do not worry about it and enjoy the day. I also do not drink alcohol, so, unless there is a problem with limeade or iced tea (splenda or agave sweetned)? I'm golden.
Asche Asche 6 years
I eat a big bowl of greens with white or red wine vinegar before I go to a bbq (an old model secret). The greens are healthy and vinegar helps to restrain your appetite (plus there are theories that it helps burn fat...not sure if I believe that though). When I do this, I have a much easier time of controlling myself around so many bbq goodies and I'm able to focus on eating the healthiest options.
Asche Asche 6 years
I eat a big bowl of greens with white or red wine vinegar before I go to a bbq (an old model secret). The greens are healthy and vinegar helps to restrain your appetite (plus there are theories that it helps burn fat...not sure if I believe that though). When I do this, I have a much easier time of controlling myself around so many bbq goodies and I'm able to focus on eating the healthiest options.
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