“Here’s a way to approach the buffet table without overeating: Fill up one plate with small portions and stop. Practice portion control by taking less of the unhealthy choices. Another trick: Make several trips, but limit yourself to one food group each time. For example, start with portions of vegetables, go for protein the next time, and carbs last. Filling up your plate according to food groups helps you be more in control and have a sense of what you’re eating.”
Most of us dieters make eating at buffets off-limits. Just too many temptations assail you all at once. There are far too many choices. The quote above gives some possible help to buffet visits.
I like Chinese buffets. I’ve tried eating proper portions there. I have even tried eating a big salad first. But as for me and my house, we usually end up overeating. I just like the many chicken dishes. They aren’t low calorie, however. I try to toss in a few vegetables. I skip the soup. I usually skip the salad bar. I even skip the mounds of shrimp. I usually have at least two plates of food and end it with some dessert.
So if I tried the suggestion above, I would put small portions of various foods on the plate and call it quits. I would take more vegetables than meat. Or I would take several trips of a small portion of protein—chicken. Then eat that. Get back up, grab a new plate, and have a small portion of vegetables. The smaller the portions, the more times I would have to get up and go to the food. This would not only control the portion sizes, but would give me some much-needed exercise.
Maybe that would work for you. It doesn’t work for me. I’m better off skipping the buffet altogether. Flee temptation. Tons of food just leads to tons. Maybe once in a great while I could eat a meal there if I didn’t eat much else that day.