Buffets were created by the devil! Not literally, but it sure does feel like it sometimes. I have a history with buffets. In high school I would go to the same buffet every week. It was a ritual that some of us “bigger” guys on the football team partook in. After high school I would still go about 2 to 3 times a month to a Chinese buffet with friends. It was something we would do when we were bored. Nothing to do on a Saturday afternoon, head out to the China Wok buffet. All you can eat for about $8.
Now in my adult years I haven’t been to as many buffets as I am accustomed to, but I have still made it to some. The craziest ones are on cruise ships: Mounds and mounds of food, all you can eat, all day! Bad mix for a fat guy. Especially if you are still mentally too weak to fight it off. Now a buffet every now and then is okay, but don’t make it a habit. Some, if not all of the foods, are not the healthiest. I know there are fruits, veggies, and healthy meats, but more often than not the food at buffets isn’t prepared with the most care.
So what am I getting at you ask? I met up with a couple of friends recently. I really wanted to see them since it had been a while. Unfortunately, they wanted to meet up at the local Chinese buffet. I immediately knew that it was a disaster waiting to happen. Israel at a buffet? BAD IDEA. I usually go for 4 rounds. That’s a minimum. And doesn’t include the dessert plate. Reluctantly I headed out to meet them.
Side note: Have you noticed that there are so many fat, overweight, usually morbidly obese people eating at buffets and fast food restaurants? I know I have seen it and it’s alarming. When will these folks realize enough is enough?
I must say that I did very well. I only had 3 plates of food. Now hear me out, it wasn’t really that bad. The first plate had some greasy chicken, some rice, and an egg roll. The second was just 4 pieces of sushi. The last was 2 servings of chocolate covered marshmallows with graham crackers, of which I am proud to say I only ate one. That isn’t that bad is it?
I knew I would give in to the temptation. The trick was to accept it and move on. How do you combat the weaknesses associated with buffets? Don’t put yourself in a position to fail. Don’t act like you wont cave in. Accept it. Eat until you are full, then stop. Also, I learned that getting up several times is sort of embarrassing, especially if you’re a fat person. So I made sure to only get up a few times. It’s a good idea to select something healthy to go along with whatever else you choose to eat. That way there’s somewhat of a “balance.” I would suggest to not let your friends influence you. If they know that you are on a mission to get in shape and lose weight, they would probably be less likely to want to go to an all you can eat buffet.
But the best advice I can give from my personal experience regarding Chinese buffets is…