How I lost weight eating at all-you-can-eat buffets

United States
February 23, 2007 8:44pm CST
I love Hometown Buffet, and I'm there a lot. But it is not boring as you simply choose a different assortment of things -- and not weight-gaining if you just control what you put on your plate. The key is little samples of many things, never large portions of one or two things, and getting in and out of there quickly. I've actually lost 23 pounds over the last three months, gradually, using this system. Here's my favorite rotation: First trip -- Green lettuce salad with chopped boiled egg, red onion rings, some sliced black olives, a tad of red French dressing, several spoonfuls of sunflower seeds, and chunks of canteloupe or watermelon. Don't forget Nestea iced tea, plain with a slice of lemon. Second trip -- This is the key, a small portion of meat (thin-sliced beef of a couple chicken drumsticks), mashed potatoes with just a tad of gravy, one spoon each of corn, carrots and green beans. Third trip -- Two of Hometown Buffet's little cones, one with vanilla ice cream and the other chocolate, and eat them at the same time with a cup of coffee! Now make sure you finish inside of 30 minutes. Then, during successive trips to the buffet in future days, just mix some things around but stay away from all the bread, pizza, hamburgers and other trouble food. Then watch your health improve and your body slowly thin down. It works, believe me! Just avoid eating all-you-can-eat and just a little bit of a variety of things!
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• United States
24 Feb 07
Drink a lot of water before you have your big meal could help too.
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• United States
24 Feb 07
Excellent suggestion! I wish I would have thought to add that to my response! And for those who don't like water, try squeezing a bit of lemon juice in it, just so it's less like water. This tip actually caused me drink more water as I found myself craving the tartness quite often! And hey, how can you pass down a flavorful treat when you are trying to lose weight?
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• United States
24 Feb 07
I don't buy this water thing and I think it's a myth. Here's why: If you drink a big glass of water before you go into a buffet, then you have already admitted you can't handle it, that you can't control yourself. Better to go in straight and fight that temptation head-on. In the end, you will be more successful.
@chargoans (940)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Great suggestions! I lost a few pounds at the all you can eat buffets a few months ago. I found that it is more efficient when you are alone to just go buffet as opposed to going to the grocery store to purchase all the healthy food, then go home and cook it. Granted you can save money by cooking your own, but cooking for one is just a waste of time for me! I would make the infamous salad bar trip as my first round. Now I chose to steer clear of the ham, croutons and too much dressing. I loaded my salad down with a variety of veggies! Then barely drizzled with Italian dressing. Round two: Envisioned my plate as halved. In the bottom half I would have more veggies and fruits, staying away from corn, potatoes and other starchy veggies. With the top half of the plate I would halve that and in the quadrant to the left (I am left handed), I chose my lean meat. Make sure that your meat doesn't spill over into the other sections of the plate. The right quadrant is where my baked potato or corn would go. But not both. If after eating all this food, I still had room, then round 3 might include a spoonful of corn and a dessert. Dessert choice doesn't matter here folks as long as it's just one! If you are trying to lose weight and sweets are a problem for you then think fruit pie with vanilla ice cream. It is sweet enough to satisfy and cleanses the palate very well. Hope this proves helpful to those looking for tips for weight loss! :-)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Here's another point: Buffets are also interesting in that you get instant food. I think it is very disingenuous to go into a regular restaurant and stay hungry for a long time before you even get anything! That, in my mind, makes someone want to eat a lot more.
@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
24 Feb 07
Yes well any meal you can still lose weight if you eat the right foods, but they would be over tempting to me I am afraid and just prefer to eat my own cooking that way I know exactly what is in the food. Yes well as I read how you lost weight is due to you mainly ate salads, as this is the right way to lose the weight.
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