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Old 11-06-2012, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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For losing weight, I donít eat at buffets. But from 2009 to summer 2012 I ate a few buffets for special events, like a family celebration. But they were lunch buffets. So if Iím in a mode of just maintaining my weight, I will eat breakfast or lunch buffets. Usually if I eat a lunch buffet I would eat a light breakfast, then Iíd eat a heavy buffet lunch, then Iíd skip dinner or eat a little snack to break hunger Ė and the next day Ė I donít gain weight!

Last I remember my brother treated me to a Golden Corral breakfast [9:30 am], then I window shopped 3 malls to get a lot of walking exercise, then skipped lunch. Maybe I ate something light for dinner, and then the next day I didnít gain weight!

This weekend Iím looking forward to a Golden Corral breakfast again, as I will meet someone from Craigslist to buy their $20 for two U Locks deal. I recently lost weight going from 163.6 lbs to 152.2 lbs today, so I really donít want to gain back weight. Itís a weight risk but I will test myself if I can eat a buffet even though I recently lost weight. Ideally I want to be 145 lbs but I hit a weight loss plateau at 151.6 lbs Ė my weight would go back up to 152.6 lbs the next few days after the workout.

So for you who maintain their weight, do you ever pig out at buffets? How do you manage to not gain weight? Or do you then owe yourself a workout?
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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"Eating" at buffets and "pigging out" at buffets are two different things.

Just because there's a lot of food in front of you doesn't mean you have to eat it all.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Buffet food is disgusting. It actually might be easier to not overeat at those places. Bulk food, overcooked, salty, tasteless.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Sunny Bay Area, CA
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I follow a rule when I do find myself at a buffet. Rather than load up on plate after plate of 2-3 items, take a TINY amount of each item you want to try ( I basically do like a bite-sized portion.) Ohiogir81 is correct that just because there's a ton of food doesn't mean you have to eat it all. I treat it like any other meal. There's tons more options though, but just keep each portion small.

Not all buffet food is gross, I have eaten at a couple really nice ones. I do tend to avoid them for the most part. Bad buffets are really BAD.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Do I -ever- eat at buffets? Yes, when I'm in Vegas and get comped for a meal at one. Oh and when I'm on a cruise ship, I might hit the breakfast buffet once or twice during the 10-day trip.

Other than that? Buffet-style wedding receptions, and that's pretty much it.

I can't eat enough to justify the "all you can eat" pricing. Even at the Indian restaurant, when they have the all you can eat buffet at supper time, I order off the menu instead. That way I only have to eat half my meal, which is VERY filling, and take the other half home for leftovers. You can't do that at the buffet, so it's not very cost-efficient for me.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I can't eat enough to justify the "all you can eat" pricing. Even at the Indian restaurant, when they have the all you can eat buffet at supper time, I order off the menu instead. That way I only have to eat half my meal, which is VERY filling, and take the other half home for leftovers. You can't do that at the buffet, so it's not very cost-efficient for me.
Yep, me too - I order off the menu. I also am another one that doesn't trust the freshness or ingredients in buffets....since I have celiac disease, I have to be careful of hidden ingredients with gluten (like soy sauce, thickeners, etc.)...also the hidden fat/chemicals etc. in restaurant food...we eat out less and less - definitely hard when we travel.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:26 AM
 
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Do I -ever- eat at buffets? Yes, when I'm in Vegas and get comped for a meal at one. Oh and when I'm on a cruise ship, I might hit the breakfast buffet once or twice during the 10-day trip.

Other than that? Buffet-style wedding receptions, and that's pretty much it.

I can't eat enough to justify the "all you can eat" pricing. Even at the Indian restaurant, when they have the all you can eat buffet at supper time, I order off the menu instead. That way I only have to eat half my meal, which is VERY filling, and take the other half home for leftovers. You can't do that at the buffet, so it's not very cost-efficient for me.
Same here. Many years ago, DH and I would eat at buffets, and we were substantially heavier. But now we eat small meals and not only do most buffets have poor-quality, overly-salted food, but like you, we don't eat enough to justify the pricing, so unless it's a wedding or holiday buffet, we order off the menu (or just eat at home)

I do think people have to be REALLY disciplined to eat very lightly at buffets. For most who are watching their weight, I really don't recommend it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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So for you who maintain their weight, do you ever pig out at buffets? How do you manage to not gain weight? Or do you then owe yourself a workout?
Everyone's body & metabolism is different. What works for me at a buffet is heading to the salad bar. I do get some protein with my salads like boiled egg or a grilled salmon or cottage cheese & I have fruit for dessert. For a lot of people binging on a buffet & exercising later might work but it never did for me so I stick to the healthy foods wherever I go. I have come to enjoy salads so much that I dont even crave the carbs or sugars anymore. I dont even feel I am depriving myslef by skipping on pies, soft rolls, steaks at the buffet. I admire people who can eat anything they want & still maintain their weight but I have come to realize that I cant.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I have not eaten at a buffet in like 6 years and while loosing weight I would never eat at one. I think some buffets are gross, high fat, salt and not healthy.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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"Eating" at buffets and "pigging out" at buffets are two different things.

Just because there's a lot of food in front of you doesn't mean you have to eat it all.
Reminds me of a local buffet which is sandwiched between a Toys R Us and a Kid R Us. We called it Pigs R Us.

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