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Beating Restaurants at Their Own Game!

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  • I have to take exception to the advice to not go to buffet-style restaurants. If you can't trust yourself to find good choices where YOU control the portions, how can you trust yourself with a plate of food you had no control over?

    Personally, I like going to a buffet - and loading up on fruit and veggies. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I just try to stay away from the dessert bar. Hah! - 10/30/2008 3:32:38 PM
  • I went to The Keg a few months ago, got home and went to log the calories into SP. My gosh I ate 2,700 calories at that meal alone !!! It was sooo good, but my system was off for a few days afterwards. Not used to the large portions or sauces, etc. anymore. Would I order this meal again, absolutely, BUT will not eat out of the bread basket, not eat the whole plate...plain baked potatoe and add my toppings myself; get salad dressing on the side....small changes without sacrifice. BUT I don't eat out often at all. Last time I went to The Keg for dinner was 5 years ago. - 10/30/2008 3:16:20 PM
  • I also like to look at the online menu before going, especially if I'm going with someone else. That way I can choose healthier alternatives before all of the smells of fattening food suck me in, and whoever I'm with will be able to keep me on track by reminding me. - 10/30/2008 9:53:22 AM
    I love Japanese food, seems less greasy than other types of foods.

    I know I won't be getting my favorite food anymore. Outback has a habit of not putting specific nutrition stats on their website. I found out from another site that the Bloomin' Onion has 2,275 calories, 203 grams of fat, 194 carbs, and over 6,000 sodium. No thanks, lol. Even half (what I normally eat) is *way* too much. - 10/26/2008 6:45:45 PM
  • I'm going to try this; I'm a iconic kind of person. I like the idea of getting a mental image to help me. - 8/13/2008 1:33:04 PM
    I'm glad I live in Canada now where the portions are much much smaller and more reasonable than in U.S. restaurants. It's funny to hear how shocked some of my friends are at the portion sizes when they return from a visit to the States. It helps me to eat less at restaurants when the portion sizes are only a little bit bigger than what you would at home. - 8/9/2008 9:50:45 AM
  • Try the Spark Bikini diet.
    It's not really a diet, but just a sensible way to load your plate with the proper sized portions. It's pretty cute and easy to remember too! - 6/12/2008 12:15:16 PM
  • With the price of all you can eat Buffets at $9.50 a person, you feel obligated to eat your monies worth!! I recently went to dinner with a friend and she got the buffet and I ordered off the menu for myself and a takeout combo for my HB. My bill was the same as my friends. I ate less and saved money!! - 6/12/2008 10:47:37 AM
  • I just LOVE those all you can eat Chinese places so what works for me is ... sit as far away from the food serving area as possible (hey every step burns a calorie and they do add up LOL , also if you don't see them bringing out more of your faves then you're not nearly as tempted to go back and get more). I get the salad size plates to limit myself in how much I can get at one time and start with the dessert bar since that's where my fave place puts the fresh fruit and peel and eat shrimp. If I start with a salad with shrimp on top with just a squeeze of lemon and black pepper for dressing and fresh fruit by the time I finish that and go back for more I can usually manage to get just a little bit of my favorites and leave the rest of it alone. The other REALLY big helper for me is to make sure that the wait staff know ahead of time that if my glass of tea sits empty for more than 5 minutes they will NOT get a tip but that if it is NEVER empty they will receive at least 25% of my TOTAL bill (including the kid's meals). I know that sounds like a lot but I'm willing to pay the price of an extra meal just to keep me in line and when I have plenty to drink I only eat about half as much as when I don't. - 5/27/2008 10:05:41 AM
    TIPS FOR BUFFET MUNCHING: When going to an all-you-can-eat buffet, get a spoonful of what you like but don't let any of the food touch--leave a space between each item. Fill two-thirds of the plate with veggies and fruit and only one-third of the plate with meat and starch. - 5/16/2008 12:29:52 AM
  • My family loves all you can eat restaurants(Japanese&chinese). I always eat way too much, even tho I'm trying my best not to..Any suggestions?I procrasinate all day about food and's driving me nuts! I never use to gain any weight, now in my mid 50's it's a real struggle! Email me if you have any idea's or support...Thanks so much! - 4/22/2008 7:43:10 AM
  • I used to get a doggie bag from restaraunts but noticed that we rarely ate the food, I guess it just didn't seem fresh being in was in styrofoam or paper so I've started carrying a tupperware dish in my bag for leftovers. It worked because we now actually eat what we take home. - 4/1/2008 12:27:53 PM
  • I have been asking for a box as soon as the meal comes out at the resteraunts, then I just split the meal in half and pack it in the box. This way I get 2 meals out of it. I've been thinking harder about what I order. Some of the suggestions are really good - 3/4/2008 1:46:59 AM
  • CHIEF927
    If you go to a restaurant and tell them that you have had gasterac (sorry bad speller) by-pass most if not all will let you order off the kids menu. - 2/29/2008 9:19:52 AM
  • I love the suggestion to dump salt over what you don't want to eat- i'm good enough at stopping at a certain point, but then i sit there and pick until it's gone anyway... the salt would keep me from that extra munching! Thanks! - 2/25/2008 9:53:09 PM

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