Always Have A Game Plan When Going For A Buffet
I used to eat a lot of food, especially when I’m at an all-you-can-eat buffet or at someone’s house party. Although I didn’t see it as a problem at that time, I gained a lot of weight by eating copious amounts of food.
Then, one documentary I watched on the television changed my perception of food. I will never forget what the doctor said, “you have to decide whether you eat to live or live to eat”. That stunned me for a moment and after that, I decided to change my ways.
And no, this is not to say that I do not go to eat-all-you-can restaurants anymore or attend some parties. This is to say that you have to be more mindful of what you consume and controlling the portion sizes as well.
So if you do have the same struggles as I once had, then here are some tips to help you navigate a buffet.
Always Check Before You Eat
What usually happens in a buffet is that you are presented with a lot of different food that is placed in containers, plates, and bowls. Before getting some and putting them on your plate, you have to inspect them first.
For the most part, the food that is presented have actually been there for some time and if the food is cold, you may want to look for something else.
You see, once that happens, it is usually an indication that it has been out for a while and that bacteria might have landed on it as well (something that you do not want to get from the food that you eat).
I used to get one of those really big plates because I want to stuff as much food as possible in every sitting. However, this is problematic because you might end up getting more food than you need to.
I suggest that you get a smaller plate and then survey the area first to see which foods you really like to eat and then get them once that is done.
Indulge A Little Bit
I am always a sucker for desserts. I always followed the mantra, “there is always room for dessert”. But, I know that these delightful treats can actually be harmful to your body as sweet foods, as everyone knows, would increase your weight by lot especially if it is consumed in copious amounts, and I have found that in controlling my impulse towards food such as this, it has helped in managing my body weight, which has helped in other areas of my life. Losing weight is a great self-esteem booster mentally, spiritually and especially physically. Studies have shown that one of the most prevalent issues with being overweight, for men at least, is not being able to last longer in bed. This is a huge deal amongst men and one of the best ways to stop this from happening is by losing weight, so start managing your food intake, men.
After you’re done finishing the main meal, it is actually okay to indulge a little bit on some desserts. But, the best approach here would be to get just a small portion of the dessert.
Suppose that you’re used to getting two slices of cake, cut it back by one slice or better yet, just get half a slice. The same principle applies to the other desserts as well.
Positioning is Key
You want to be situated in a place where you’re far away from the buffet table so that it will discourage you from getting back way too often. If that is not possible, probably because the restaurant is full, just do not look at the buffet table and sit somewhere that makes that possible.