No beating around the bush… we all know it’s a money-making scheme
BUT GUESS WHAT!!
You can cheat the system hehehe… here’s how
Aim for restaurants with a varied cuisine
Variety is the spice of life, or so they say, and having lots of different options to eat at your buffet will help you get through the tough times when you just don’t think you can face another morsel.
Some fusion restaurants will offer a few different angles on a type of cuisine. For example, Asian fusion places are likely to offer a selection of Thai/Chinese/Japanese dishes. Or you can opt for a ’round the world’ buffet which should have a bit of everything.
Have a buffet meal for lunch rather than dinner
Pretty much every buffet restaurant you come across will have a different price for lunch and dinner – and, in our experience, the price tends to bump up a few quid in the evenings.
It’s a super-easy way to save money while eating out, as sometimes lunch prices last right up to 5pm. Normally, the food on offer is exactly the same (but be careful as some may limit the lunch menus – do your research).
Another great thing about eating like a pig at lunchtime is that you have more time to work it off before you go out later… or if we’re being totally honest before you pass out in bed.
Eat breakfast before going to a buffet
It might seem counter-intuitive to go pigging out before you go pigging out, but the last thing you want to do before tackling the all-you-can-eat challenge is to starve yourself.
When you don’t eat for a while, the size of your stomach shrinks and as a result, you won’t be able to eat as much as you want to.
Have a decent-sized (normal) breakfast in the morning and it will set you right up for the banquet later.
Buffet experts recommend something light and high in fibre, like a bowl of cereal, as your body processes these meals quickly.
Make room in your stomach for food
So, it’s a bit of an *ahem* delicate subject, but in order to put more food in your mouth, you need to pop to the loo and clear out the old stuff.
Dress appropriately for a huge meal
There’s no point in turning up in a pair of jeans you can barely breathe in, never mind consuming your week’s worth of calories in one sitting.
Exercise before going to an all-you-can-eat buffet
A quick gym session will most certainly be the last thing you want to think about once you’ve slipped into your self-induced food coma, so make sure to get your daily dose of exercise in early.
A good bit of exercise in preparation for the big event will get your blood pumping and give your metabolism a kickstart, meaning you’ll be more ready than you’ve ever been by the time you chow down.
Drink plenty before the meal
Your body needs to be well-hydrated to help you process what goes down your gullet, so make sure you sip water throughout the day before you go in.
Having a slice of lemon in your water will help you up your buffet game, as the magical yellow fruit aids digestion, reduces bloating and is a natural heartburn preventative.
Go for small portions of everything
Rather than going all-in on one dish that looks particularly tasty, fill your plate up with a little bit of everything on offer. Variety helps to break up the monotony of tastes and allows you to eat more.
It will also give you the opportunity to suss out what tastes best, then you can go back up for seconds (and thirds, and fourths) – as comes with the joy of buffet dining.
Don’t forget that they’ll often display the most expensive food in smaller portions to encourage you to take less – don’t worry, they’ll have more in the kitchens.
Have soup or salad as a starter
Using precious stomach space on something like soup or salad might seem like a bit of a waste, but these will actually prepare your body for the chow down to follow.
There’s some science behind it too. The high water content of soup and salad makes them really easy for your stomach to process. Think of it as a warm-up.