With so much food laid out for the tasting, it's so easy to graze mindlessly. "If you're constantly grazing, then over the course of a few hours, you'll end up eating way more than you would have if you ate all at once," Dulan says. "Instead, look at tailgating as a meal. Fill your plate one time, sit down, and eat slowly." Since we tend to eat dishes that require a fork more slowly than finger food, those healthy side items can help us eat less overall. "Using a fork helps you slow down and savor each bite," Dulan says. If you do get the urge to snack before or after the main meal – which, let's face it, you probably will – reach for fresh veggies or nuts instead of potato chips or nachos.
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