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Cruise Control
Three tricks to help you leave the all-you-can-eat buffet satisfied, not stuffed:

1. Face away from the action.

"Out of sight, out of mind" applies to the buffet, suggests research from Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab. When scientists observed more than 200 diners at 11 all-you-can-eat restaurants, they found that those with a high BMI were more likely to pick seats facing the buffet than those with a low one.

2. Survey all your options. In the Cornell study, 71 percent of slim diners browsed all the buffet choices before serving themselves, compared with just 33 percent of eaters with a higher BMI.

3. Plan a post-meal activity. Committing to some type of movement after a meal makes buffet eaters less likely to overdo it, says David Just, PhD, a behavioral economics professor at Cornell. In his study, subjects who had an all-you-can-eat lunch before playing volleyball ate fewer calories than those who planned to be sedentary afterward.