Take a rest
If you finish your plate and want more to eat, McKinney says wait to see if the cravings pass. “Set a 15 minute rule before going back for seconds. You may find that your hunger cues feel satiated in that time. If you truly are still hungry, fill up on another round of veggies and lean proteins,” she adds.
Keep your distance
According to Chelsea Gloeckner, a registered dietitian and nutritionist in Wisconsin, a good strategy to minimize temptation is where you pick your seat carefully. “Sit farther away from the buffet, in a booth, with your back or side to the buffet,” she advises. That way you won’t be scanning for your next plateful before you’ve finished what’s in front of you. And if you need to manage food temptations, check out these strategies.
Pick items that you don’t have all the time
Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD, a Dallas-based eating disorder dietician, says her personal strategy is for buffet success is to pass by the things that she can make at home. “I select the fancy items that have either a million ingredients or special skills to prepare,” Setnick says. “That way I really savor and enjoy the cream of the crop of the buffet and leave the blasé items.”