Eat A Hotel Buffet Without Getting Fat!
In my 20s, l loved buffets with a vengeance, and I never thought I would want to eat a hotel buffet without getting fat!
I just wanted to eat.
My companion was Little Miss Plump.
She introduced me to Salmon Sashimi and Cheesecake.
One of the stranger combinations – when eaten together.
But who was me to think otherwise?
I was the other Plump Miss with a penchant for King crab legs by the pile, sushi on demand, rows upon rows of mini desserts, and cream cakes.
I didn’t care for the raw limp pink salmon slices that folded over like ribbons.
She wasn’t interested in Chicken Rice.
Eat Without Getting FAT? No Way – We just wanted to EAT.
We were a formula for weight loss failure.
Going out as Little Miss Plump and Plump Miss, we were the constant target for supermarket weight loss salesgirls.
Okay, skinny Babe, tips on getting business.
Don’t be mercenary and target plump people, wave pieces of paper with pictures of other skinny Babes at them.
And don’t sing songs in Mandarin and say things like “Miss, Miss You Wanna Lose Fat!!!”
I am kind and polite.
You don’t want a less gentle reply from other Little Miss Plump and Plump Misses, right.
Getting FAT is hard, says Skinny Babe.
Yes, Skinny Babe (SB) walks down the confectionery aisle (she calls chocolate) with me.
Looks with innocent saucer eyes – Why you no buy Dory? You no like meh?
Me with a plastered grin.
SB: You want to eat chocolate? Lollipop? Candy? Marshmallow? (I was amazed she knew what that was!)
Me: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
SB: What’s that?
Me: Thor Tow Jam (Peanut Butter in Hokkien)
SB: I think most people enjoy this treat. Like excellent buffet breakfast, lunch, or dinner, right?
And lots of cream cakes, candy, and ice cream.
I could eat all this every day, except my Boyfie says I too FAT.
Me with a plastered grin.
Secretly some call that look – DISGUST.
Eat A Hotel Buffet Without Getting Fat! – are you doing it right?
Ever since the sisters told me about the hotel buffet at Vegas, I’ve wanted to EAT there.
My dream is to eat at the legendary Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace – known for using every arsenal in the books to impress its customers.
The best buffet in Las Vegas, Bacchanal Buffet, is the top of the buffet ranking list for its seafood, pastries, service, and atmosphere – I summarize it in one word; FOOD.
I’m impressed beyond words; I’ve heard tales of the mythic proportions of casino buffets.
Bacchanal Buffet consists of nine show kitchens and over 500 daily dishes.
How is that not impressive by any standard?
There are two dining times Brunch buffet from 11 AM to 3 PM (Adult price is $44.99) and Dinner buffet from 3 PM – 10 PM (Adult price is $54.99)
Eat for Free? Sure, why not if you gamble enough.
I start saving my pennies, Bae.
Believe it or not, there IS an effective way to indulge in a hotel buffet without getting FAT.
The secret is merely making smart choices.
The plus point: You don’t feel bloated afterwards.
Guilt is subjective.
Pain Is Inevitable; Suffering Is Optional!
We start by educating ourselves on what dishes we should consume.
It’s all about choosing REAL food over those with nothing but sugar or converts to sugar and have no nutritional value.
Let’s Dive in on Smart Hotel Buffet Eating Without Getting FAT
If you follow these Cheat Sheets or “rules,” I’m sure you’ll enjoy the hotel buffets even more.
Why should you never eat at a hotel buffet?
the 1 Food You Should Never Eat at a hotel Buffet –
Fried foods are packed with oil and calories; it’s better to give it a miss and go for healthier options.
Deep-fried foods are a notorious source of free radicals; you’re much better off boiled or steamed vegetables.
Sushi is filling thanks to the rice! So, if you load up on sushi, you probably won’t get to try many other things.
It is never a good idea to load up on starchy foods at a hotel buffet. Cream-based dishes like potato salad, pasta salad, and Fettuccine Alfredo will fill you and give you a hefty dose of saturated fat.
If you load up on the roasted potatoes, pasta, and dinner rolls, you won’t have any room left on your plate (and stomach) for the more exceptional food on the buffet line.
Unless you’re going on Keto, most roasts have a higher fat content.
- one slice of Meatloaf is 45% fat
- brisket is 63% fat
Skip the prime rib and go for flank steak instead.
- Sugary soda, juice, iced tea, milkshakes, and more
These drinks won’t add any nutritional benefits. So, your best choice is just to drink water. Staying hydrated can help you keep from overeating, too.
- Gravy and Sauces
Gravy and Sauces, just add lots of salt calories to your meal.
Should I starve myself before a hotel buffet?
It depends if you want to max out your money’s worth or to have a nutritious meal that is good for your body and pocket.
My biggest advice is not to starve yourself until you shake with hunger.
Instead, you should have a small meal before your hotel buffet lunch or dinner.
Have a glass of water, and remember to drink some water as you enjoy your buffet.
What should I eat first at a hotel buffet?
The best way to eat at a hotel buffet without piling on the pounds is to select what is right for your body and your palate.
To eat at a buffet, go for the expensive or gourmet dishes first.
You will get your money’s worth with shrimps, oysters, lobsters, and steaks.
You will want to stay away from dense filling starchy food like pasta, potatoes, and bread until later in the meal, so you don’t get full too quickly.
How do you prepare your stomach for a hotel buffet?
Stay hydrated throughout the day, and drink water to stretch your stomach.
To prepare your stomach, eat a light meal before your all-you-can-eat (AYCE) meal.
Keep moving or move around or do some exercises.
At the hotel, the buffet does browse and look at all the selections before making your choice.
Set a Game Plan – what do you want to eat.
Eat slowly and repeat.
What makes a good buffet?
For me, it’s simple food that must look and taste fresh.
I have been to a few buffets locally and overseas. There are two places with the most significant buffet spread – with the biggest value for money are in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese buffets have the longest line and the most stalls for street food.
The buffets in the pricer restaurants and hotels are great for one particular reason – it’s hygienic.
Food on the streetside may taste the best way to take in the local vibes.
When I’m on holiday, I instead pay more, eat at a “less delicious, modified for tourist taste buds” place than suffer from food poisoning.
I remember eating a bad curry on a flight home from Tokyo.
I had awful runs and survived on soda water.
It was most fortunate that I wasn’t nauseous and was not throwing up.
A tasty buffet would have a range of bread and rolls with a beautiful, robust soup.
Generally, I look forward t eating things I can not prepare myself at home.
Why can’t you take food home from a buffet?
Many restaurants usually have a strict policy that states that food cannot be taken out when dining on the buffet.
Most think it because the hotels will potentially lose money if patrons were permitted to take food home.
The truth is when people “take food” home, they will not store it correctly.
They run the risk of feeling sick, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps from food poisoning.
Improper handling includes cold foods not chilled below 5°C correctly, leaving cooked food for too long at warm temperatures.
How much does the average person eat at a buffet?
If you want to do the maths, it depends on how much you can physically eat at one sitting on your own, outside a buffet environment.
If you eat approximately an average of RM25 worth of food (think a fast food meal with a drink)
If a buffet costs RM150, you’re going to need to eat a little more than five times what you might typically consume.
I had a friend who only eats boiled prawns and cheesecake at buffets.
This is very odd, I know.
For 40 prawns and a slice of cheesecake, she could buy 1 kilo of prawns from the wet market and her cake for RM60 instead of paying RM150.
Did I ask her why?
So she could dress up, and spend an evening out in a friendly environment and take beautiful photos.
Good enough reason.
What is hotel buffet etiquette?
- Do not eat while inline or from the buffet directly.
- Do not touch food with your hands; always use serving utensils.
- Do not forget to be patient; everyone in line is in the same situation you are in, so be polite.
What is the difference between a buffet and eat all you can?
The “all-you-can-eat” buffet is more free-form.
Customers pay a fixed fee and can help themselves with as much food as they wish to eat in a single meal.
However, since COVID 19, hotels are practising food display with staff.
At Hard Rock Hotel, you make your order, and your food will be delivered to your table.
Before we dive into Eat – Get the Prices Right.
It’s worth your time reading the small print about what’s included and what’s not in the all you can eat deal.
You don’t want any nasty surprises on the bill!
Usually, alcoholic drinks or drinks from a Drink Menu are not included.
Some restaurants don’t include coffee or tea.
It is best to find out before you order and indulge.
Tips to Eat Without Getting FAT at Hotel Buffets!
Before heading to a hotel buffet, you need to have some prep work to prepare yourself for the feast.
- Detox – a more helpful way of saying clear your bowels. Oops!
- Don’t Fast – your stomach will shrink, so this is counterproductive.
- Don’t Starve – when your blood sugar drops dramatically, you will need to EAT NOW!
- Dress Comfortably – you wouldn’t want to unbuckle; remove your belt with your gut hanging out!
How to choose a buffet at hotels?
There are many types of buffets available at hotels.
If you like a little bit of everything, you can try an international buffet with a balance of western and local dishes.
Popular Buffet types include
- BBQ Night
- Japanese Buffet
- International Buffet
Choose buffets that suit your food tastes.
The Indian buffet place down the road might make a fantastic offer on top-notch food, but remember that it’s not an excellent offer if you don’t like curry.
Don’t be swayed by the fantastic price-to-food volume ratio if you’re not too keen on the cuisine – otherwise, you’re just signing up to eat a whole load of food you don’t like.
Aim for restaurants with a varied cuisine
Variety is the spice of life, or so they say.
Having lots of different options to eat at your buffet will help you get through the tough times when you 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 select Thai/Chinese/Japanese dishes.
Or you can opt for a ’round the world’ buffet, which should have a bit of everything!
How to work up an appetite for your buffet feast?
Most people think if they have something sour, they will work up an appetite.
You can have a sour appetizer, but it doesn’t make you hungrier.
Working out is better.
Exercise improves your overall appetite instead of your taste buds.
Exercise works for working up a healthy appetite for a hotel buffet.
Before going to an all you can eat buffet, a quick gym sesh before or after a dense calorie meal – will not help.
I’ve been there, done that, and got the souvenir.
You will want to make sure you get your daily dose of exercise early – the hotel buffet is your celebration meal, not a weekly indulgence.
However, a bit of exercise preparing for the big event will get your metabolism a kickstart.
By mealtime, you will be ready to chow down without falling immediately into a self-induced food coma.
Walk Around First – Survey the scene.
Take a reconnaissance lap before you begin. Usually, I like to make the entire buffet scene rounds to prioritize my must-eat items and fill my plate accordingly.
These best ways are to check out the food stations.
Each hotel offers different kinds of buffets and has buffet setups according to the selection of dishes.
It is always good to walk around often, and a buffet gives you a perfect chance.
Make sure you check out all of the offerings on the buffet before filling up your first plate.
You might miss one of your favourite items tucked away in the corner of the buffet.
What to drink at a hotel buffet?
If you think that by not drinking, you have more stomach room, you are wrong.
You need to drink before, during, and after a buffet.
Drink plenty of water before the meal
Your body needs to be well-hydrated to help you process your food.
So, make sure you sip water throughout the day before you dine.
We are not suggesting alcoholic pre-drinks before heading to the buffet.
You can up your buffet game with a slice of lemon in your water.
Tip: lemon juice aids digestion, reduces bloating, and is a natural heartburn preventative.
Drink Hot Tea to Aid Digestion.
You will want to avoid soft drinks, sodas, and beer, which will leave you bloated.
You can opt for a sweet hot tea instead as this aids digestion and will not fill you up too much.
Avoid fizzy drinks and soda.
We know we said earlier that you have to be hydrated, but that’s before the meal.
While you’re in the process of gorging, you won’t want to be guzzling down too much liquid as drinks will fill you up.
Fizzy drinks especially should be avoided at all costs, as they’ll make you feel like you’re about to pop!
How to start eating a buffet at a hotel?
- Start slow and slowly build up your appetite.
- Be picky about what you want to eat.
- Use Small Plates and Go Slow
- I try to use the salad plate instead of the dinner plates.
This means I don’t overfill my plate with food you do not like, and I exercise more.
This way, I get more exercise as I might go to the buffet 5 or 6 times, and you are less likely to overfill your plate with an item of food you do not like.
Then if I find a dish I enjoy, I can go back for more.
Or the best is I get my date to order the food for me.
BIG plus points – we don’t duplicate the orders and end up with food wastages.
We eat everything we choose.
Leave the Cheaper Items For Others and go for the more expensive ones!
While some of us have an insatiable appetite for carbs – rice, especially for Asians to line their tummy, many of us love to fill up on crusty bread, creamy pasta, wok-fried noodles, and rice with curries.
You will want to start with more expensive, primed items like shellfish, seafood, roast meats, and salads to eat well.
Go for lean meats, fresh seafood, and load up on seasonal vegetables.
Go for small portions of everything.
For round one, I will go for a bit of everything.
I find that when I fill your plate up with a spoonful of exciting dishes, I get variety.
Variety breaks the monotony of tastes and allows you to eat more.
Rather than piling up on the one dish that you love (for me, it’s would you believe it – Broccoli)
Fill your plate up with a little bit of everything on offer.
It will allow you to find out what tastes best.
Then you can go back up for seconds (and thirds, and fourths)
That’s the absolute joy of buffet dining!
If you’re worried about taking the expensive food, remember that it’s displayed in smaller portions.
Don’t worry, and they’re more in the kitchens.
Have soup or salad as a starter
If you skip soup or salad, would you save a more precious stomach?
It may seem like a bit of a waste, but the actual plus point is these will prepare your body for more food later.
There’s some science behind it too. The high water content of soup and salad makes it easy for your stomach to process. Think of it as a warm-up!
Take a chocolate break during the meal.
If you’re overeating heavily spiced food and feel nauseous, a small square of dark chocolate or something sweet will help rebalance your blood sugar level.
You get a little sugar spike and be perked up for round two, or three or six.
Start with expensive food options.
If you don’t have a shellfish allergy and like the expensive ingredients on display – you can get your money’s worth by eating more costly dishes.
Focus on protein rather than carbs.
Carbs just fill you up and cost next to nothing.
Remember, there are lots of ways to enjoy delicious shellfish.
You can’t go wrong with Snow Crab Claws, Oysters, King Prawns, and Mussels.
Good sources of protein are usually the most expensive things on restaurant menus.
- King Prawns
If you’re not a fan of seafood, meat joints are also a pricey treat.
- Bone-in steak
Look around before you start eating, usually the expensive stuff near the end of the buffet line.
So, you can make a beeline for the more expensive items first.
You can always decide, however way you want to eat.
Start with a small plate instead of the largest one.
Use multiple plates for your buffet food.
When you are loading up on your plate, fill it with colourful vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.
After you finish it, see how you feel.
Don’t be afraid to pile those plates as high as you want!
A little of this, a bit of that.
With so many choices before you, 500 dishes at the legendary Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.
Try thinking of a buffet meal as a sampler platter.
If you take 40 mouthfuls, you will be full at the end of that!
Savour, not Swallow Whole.
I am savouring food by focusing on its taste and texture.
You may be distracted by the noise level, crying children, or the restaurant environment.
Do take time to engage your senses to enjoy what you’re eating.
What alternative desserts to eat at a hotel buffet?
Instead of cakes – which all of us have a weakness for. Mine is Chocolate Pie or Mud Pie.
Go for a Delicious Dessert Alternative instead of Cream Cakes.
- fresh fruit
Or you can enjoy a delicious and sweet lobster to end my meal beautifully.
Remember these tips on your next buffet experience, and you won’t feel bloated the following day!
What’s the best time to eat a hotel buffet?
Most hotels have buffets for breakfast and dinner – some have buffet lunches. It depends if you are staying in the hotel or just dining out.
Some hotels have a lovely champagne breakfast!
So you might want to check that out.
Have a hotel buffet meal for lunch rather than dinner.
Another great thing about eating like a PIG at lunchtime is that you have more time to work it off before passing out in bed.
Eat breakfast before going to a buffet.
Don’t show up starving for an expensive meal. It is wiser to eat a lighter meal throughout the day when you have a large dinner at night.
When you don’t eat for a while, your stomach’s size shrinks, and as a result, you won’t be able to eat as much as you want to.
Make room in your stomach for food.
Before you have more input, you need to clear – You’re not an eating machine!
Have a decent sized (healthy) breakfast in the morning, and it will set you right up for the banquet later.
Going to a big dinner on an empty stomach means you’re almost guaranteed to gorge–and then live to regret it.
Get up to check out the hotel buffet line.
Removing yourself from the table for a quick check-in at the buffet lines provides the pause you need – To take stock of your fullness level.
Walking around will help you realize whether you’re full or still hungry.
Take less and make multiple trips to the buffet line.
What to do when you’ve taken too much food?
If you take a bit at a time, the inevitable won’t happen.
You won’t have half a cheesecake or extra dim sum when you’re getting full.
As much as I hate to waste food, I sometimes ask myself this – would I rather throw it away or eat it?
How to deal with overeating – lessen discomfort with post-buffet damage control
Once you’ve finished the big eat, the only thing left is damage control.
You can feel like a whale, all puffed up with air.
Have some peppermint tea or even some meds to deal with a heartburn-shaped ending of all buffets
- aid digestion
- soothe your stomach
- reducing bloating
- cure any nausea
Then sit back, relax, and reflect on your great work. We’re proud of you.
Review of Hotel Buffet at Hard Rock Hotel Penang:
As much as I adore endless mountains of food, I struggle with eating the right amount.
Free-for-all buffets are sometimes guilt-ridden rides.
I enjoyed dining at Starz Diner, as I have learned to navigate a buffet more healthily.
With the new norm of social distancing, all items from the buffet are plated and served at your table.
Ordering is a breeze as the size is controlled by the chefs plating it.
My buffet dinner arrived beautifully plated.
Not many of us can plate our food so well at a hotel buffet.
As for me, I will probably place the food like a Lasagna sloppily on my plate.
I left Starz Diner that evening feeling comfortably full, not overstuffed.