Yes, self-control is possible, even at buffets!
Not everyone views the idea of "all you can eat" as an invitation to, well, eat all you can. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, some people actually manage to restrain themselves when faced with a schmorgasbord of food choices and unrestricted portion sizes.
In his research, Wansink deployed a team of research assistants to surreptitiously observe the strategies people use to navigate all-you-can-eat buffets. He found that slimmer diners (those with lower BMIs) do seem to have different salad bar habits than heavier ones (those with higher BMIs).
Based on his findings, Wansink says it's possible to survive an all-you-can-eat experience without having to unbutton your pants or loosen your belt several notches. Here, he offers six strategies for watching your calorie budget at the buffet.
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