If you have a hard time being "good" at buffets (or holiday meals); try taking only 1-2 bites of each item. This way, you get to enjoy a variety of foods (the reason I go to buffets in the first place); and hopefully you can have the stuff that's not as good for you without overdoing it.
Another trick is to limit yourself to one plate of dinner, salad, and dessert. No going back for seconds
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Instead of trying to finish your plate because it tastes good or you do not want to waste things, stop eating when you START feeling full. It has helped me a lot, and changed my eating habits greatly. I now get smaller portions. This is especially important to think about when eating out. Take home the extras for another meal, don't try to finish the plate or prevent some from 'going to waste.'
A related tip: avoid 'deals' on food. Getting more for less money is not necessarily good. Buffets are a big one, avoid those! Pay more for less quantity, more quality!
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