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How to Avoid Overeating at BBQs

Speak Up: How Do You Avoid Overeating at Barbecues?

What is it about BBQ food that is so enticing? Juicy burgers smothered in melted cheese, savory ribs, warm and sweet corn on the cob, and creamy potato salad are hard to resist. Of course you've got to wash all that delicious food down with a few refreshing Coronas or margaritas. Since I want to try every little tasty morsel, it's hard to avoid ending up stuffed and immobile on a folding lawn chair (with another beer in hand, of course). Overeating at one BBQ is fine, but if you're like me, your Summer will be chock-full of many BBQs. We could all use some healthy tips to arm ourselves with at our next grilling party, so tell us, how do you avoid stuffing yourself silly?

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I'm with Chloe Bella.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I usually don't make BBQ food my main meal; I either eat something healthy before I go or when I get back. When I'm at the actual BBQ, I'll bring fresh veggies to grill and/or a fresh fruit salad to pass so I have something healthy to nosh on while everyone else loads up on burgers and brats. I also don't drink anything but water or diet soda while I'm there so I don't lose my inhibitions and get tempted to eat a ton of junk.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Nowadays, I am very conscious of portion sizes. I can eye-ball a "serving size" accurately, which keeps me on track and lets me estimate my calorie consumption a bit more accurately (though nothing beats actually knowing for sure what the calorie content of your food is). If I know I want to have a high calorie drink (or three), I will eat less food. If I know I want to indulge at a BBQ, I will burn as many calories working out as I think I will need to, as not to go over my weekly (or daily) calorie budget by having a bunch of high calorie food. I also make sure to sip water frequently and chew gum to keep a very voracious appetite at bay.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
p.s. However I don't drink alcohol or soft drinks so I can enjoy the food without the bloat. Sounds crazy but I always think of water as a magic liquid that breaks down my food; the other drinks just complicate digestion, so water it is. Then later, if I'm staying for awhile, I'll allow myself to drink alcohol.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Don't go starving and mentally prepare yourself! haha. Promise yourself that you will limit the sweets and the amount of food you will eat. It normally works for me =)
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
Hahaha -- I do the opposite of the people here. I wear something FLOWY and I purposely don't eat before so that I can eat what I want at the BBQ! I love a good juicy cheeseburger, chips and guac, cookies, and my friends always bring delicious options like spring rolls and fancy desserts. Then I try not to eat after the BBQ until I feel hungry again, which takes hours usually. :)
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Stop eating as soon as you feel full! And have a little something before so that you're not ravenously hungry when you get ther.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
This might not help all the time but I was the designated driver on Memorial Day which meant I drank way less which meant I was much less uninhibited which I think made me eat less. I still ate a lot but I think it made a difference!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
oh, also, strike up a conversation with someone chatty in a room with no food!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I take small portions of everything I want to try, eat until I'm full and then stop.
Beaner Beaner 7 years
Yes, I eat before I go as well. I also bring a dish that I know is healthy, so I have something to eat like salad, fresh fruit, corn on the cob, or veggie burgers.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Beside the previous post (which is right on--don't go starving), how about wearing something that's pretty and rather fitted to your body that you'll be pretty self-aware that gorging will make you look bloated :p I also stock up on fruits, salad, staying away from any starch... Oh and another trick I do to get fuller is to have a glass of water after a couple bites, I will sip my water and keep on sipping, you'll get full faster :)
rach716 rach716 7 years
Don't go to a bbq when you're starving! Eat something light beforehand so that when you go you don't want to eat everything in sight. If there's salad or fruit, stock up on that big time to avoid overeating the bad stuff (ie macaroni salad, potato salad, etc) :)
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