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I Beat the Buffet

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Allison M.

    Honestly, the food quality at buffets are generally very bad. The food is not usually fresh and not made well to boot. If I want eat out, I try to choose a good quality restaurant and buffets are (almost) never on the list. However, my husband’s grandpa loves buffets so occasionally I will have to go to one. I fill the first plate with a huge salad and if I am still hungry, I try to get protein on the next plate. Whatever works!

  2. Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    I used to have major buffet anxiety, but I think I’ve come to a much better place. I actually haven’t been to a buffet restaurant in a really long time, however, so I’m not really sure! I like to think that I would handle it like you did – take a reasonable portion, eat it mindfully, and then turn my attention to the conversation to see if seconds are really necessary.

  3. Kellie

    I always notice that people leaving Claim Jumpers seem to be above a healthy weight. Maybe it is because their portions are huge and their menu is so calorie laden.

    1. hundredtenpounds

      I usually don’t eat at chain restaurants for that reason…I can tell by the clientele that certain places aren’t healthy. It may sound mean, but I’d rather eat somewhere else that has healthier choices and healthier people…

  4. Alan

    I’ve avoided buffets for some time, because I have a track record of over doing it at them. But your approach is actually relevant to all kinds of overeating “traps” – parties, food in the office, etc.

    And I hadn’t thought of looking at the clientèle to judge the health of the restaurant, but it does make sense. Yes, it feels a little harsh, but this is too important.

  5. suzanne

    Well on Monday i’m going to a chinese buffet! I usually pick some salad, seafood and veggies, one small dessert square and a piece of fruit 🙂 Works for me!

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