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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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