When You Want to Avoid Eating It All

David Mendosa Health Guide July 13, 2008
  • Except for cruise ships, buffets are the worst for our weight. The cruises that I've taken have been essentially round-the-clocks feasts.The all-you-can-eat buffets don't seem as bad as going on a cruise. After all, each buffet is just one meal. But the urge to gorge seems to come naturally when ...

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  • Gretchen Becker
    Health Guide
    Jul. 13, 2008

    Many buffets put the cheap starchy stuff (like fried rice or a lot of bread) at the beginning of the line, hoping you'll fill up on that before you reach the shrimp and the steak. It always used to work for me <G>. So one strategy might be to go through the line first without taking anything at all. Find what you really want the most. Then go back through....

    RHMLucky777

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    Many buffets put the cheap starchy stuff (like fried rice or a lot of bread) at the beginning of the line, hoping you'll fill up on that before you reach the shrimp and the steak. It always used to work for me <G>. So one strategy might be to go through the line first without taking anything at all. Find what you really want the most. Then go back through.

     

     

  • Anonymous
    Nicky.
    Jul. 19, 2008

    Two pounds sounds like a water-weight gain to me. I wonder if you're just picking up a few more hidden carbs than you're used to eating... Assuming your pp levels are OK, and your weight goes back to normal in a day or two, I wouldn't worry about it.

  • Anonymous
    tmana
    Jul. 13, 2008

    First, it usually takes about 3500 calories to add one pound of real weight (as opposed to fluid-retention weight). While you are likely to be consuming considerably more than your usual lunch calorie ration, it is unlikely that you are consuming more than 7000 calories at one sitting, even if you gorge.

     

    Second, between food and beverage, we often consume...

    RHMLucky777

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    First, it usually takes about 3500 calories to add one pound of real weight (as opposed to fluid-retention weight). While you are likely to be consuming considerably more than your usual lunch calorie ration, it is unlikely that you are consuming more than 7000 calories at one sitting, even if you gorge.

     

    Second, between food and beverage, we often consume a pound's weight of food at a normal meal. Unless you are consuming pure fat, this pound contains non-negligible amounts of water, fiber, and other functionally non-caloric components.

     

    Third, if you and your friend tried to calculate the calories for the "tastes only" trip at the buffet, you would probably find they add up to more than that of an average meal. It is the same issue we all find when dealing with canapés.

    (Consider this:  the average buffet serving spoon will usually dish out no less than one quarter-cup, no matter what you do... so if a normal serving for a meal is a half-cup each of three to five low- to moderate-calorie items, and you are taking the smallest possible tastes of say, eight items, most of which are higher in calories (not to mention, considerably higher in sodium!) than your usual choice, you are starting out with the same number of calories, if not more, than your usual meal.)

     

    So, all and told, your two-pound weight gain is likely to be mostly fluid retention due to the high sodium, partly extra non-digestible (or non-nutritive) materials, and partly caloric overconsumption. If this is the case, your weight will drop back down within a few ounces of its normal in two days -- three at the most. If, indeed, you have managed to consume an extra couple days' calories at the one sitting, then you will have gained "real" weight.

     

     

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jul. 14, 2008
      Almost exactly what I was going to say. I eat out maybe once a month and half the time it is a buffet type place. I don't worry about eating too much once in a while, it's part of what makes life worth living. I don't have a scale so I don't know what the affect is on my weight but then I don't really care. My A1c has been under 6% for almost 4 years and that's...
      RHMLucky777
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      Almost exactly what I was going to say. I eat out maybe once a month and half the time it is a buffet type place. I don't worry about eating too much once in a while, it's part of what makes life worth living. I don't have a scale so I don't know what the affect is on my weight but then I don't really care. My A1c has been under 6% for almost 4 years and that's the important part. I wonder what they served on that diabetic cruise I heard about?