World of All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

Eating Out has become one of the world’s most favorite hobbies,

although many people considered it as a necessity, especially to those who are too busy in preparing or cooking their own meal at home.  According to, in 2015 28.2% of Americans visit fast-food restaurants once a week and about 34% of Americans visit casual dining restaurants once a week. However recently, an informal form of dining called Buffet meals is increasingly becoming popular among people who definitely love eating out.

Originally, Buffet started in the middle of 16th century in Sweden where guests would gather before dinner for a pre-dinner drink which is then known as “Smorgasbord Buffet”. Until later on in 20th Century, Buffet became popularly known as “All-you-can-eat” or Eat-all-you-can”. In this style of Buffet, diners pay a fixed amount and they can serve themselves with as much food as they wished to eat in a single meal. On the other hand, there are staffed stations wherein specific food such as noodle soups, grilled meats, roasted meats, and many more are being custom prepared.


However, many people are more conscious about their health and feel dubious when their colleagues or friends give them the temptation of dining in a Buffet.

Diet-conscious people might think that they will gain weight in eating at a Buffet restaurant, while some people suggest that we can regularly eat out or eat in a Buffet without gaining weight.  In my opinion, eating at a Buffet doesn’t hurt your diet unless you’re going to eat there every lunch or dinner. That would cost someone a lot of money. Though there are some people who are very keen and diet obsessed who would rather think the worst.

For those diet-conscious people who would like to try the various dishes flaunted in front of the diners not to mention the grandeur of tables around that totally adds up to the enticing ambience of Buffet, there are few things I would suggest they might want to try to do when dining at a Buffet.

  1. Be wise in selecting the dishes.


For instance, you can have a salad of lettuce greens and assorted vegetables without cheese. Make the Salad bars your first stop since most health experts says it can keep you from overeating. Avoid eating the cream-based dishes which are made of mayonnaise, sour cream or cream cheese that are full of fats and increases your cholesterol levels.

Vikings Buffet Salad Station


Choose your meat wisely too. You can opt for grilled or baked fish instead of fried chicken to avoid too much oil and let’s admit everything that’s fried can destroy your balanced diet. So always choose baked items over deep-fried items.

If possible do not eat white rice. Eat the fiber-rich brown rice when available. It’s rich in fiber and reduces high cholesterol levels. However most Buffet restaurants offer diners white rice than brown rice since it’s cheaper and far more widely available than the brown rice. Fried rice, on the other hand, can also be more loaded with calories than plain rice. Obviously, it contains oil and fat that again can be harmful to your diet.

Some food served in Buffet, believe it or not, may result someone to overeat. Make smart decisions from the start because such clever ways of choosing your meal is quite healthy and yet enjoyable!


  1. Avoid binge-eating.

    Yes, we are talking about Buffet here where you can eat all you want. But hey, just because it’s all-you-can-eat doesn’t mean you should. Of course you may want to try all those delicacies and cuisines from various countries but you may also want to consider in eating small portions in each of those tempting dishes. In my case I prefer to eat dishes which I never eat or don’t eat in a regular basis. The last time I ate in a Buffet restaurant called Vikings, I tried a little bit of the Roast Turkey with Cranberry sauce which was just enough and more enjoyable to eat than the Boneless Roast Pig. Both are some of the food there that I rarely eat.

Vikings Roast Turkey

 Buffets may look like a feast to most people but actually you will never eat all that was offered there because you just can’t. You wouldn’t want to look like an elephant after. Remember, you control the meal. I like to share with you this advice I’ve read somewhere in the internet world,

“Take less of each dish than you think you want. If you like it, you can always get more; if not, you won’t be wasting space on your plate or in your stomach.” – CyanManta

  1. What you got to do with the Desserts.

Vikings Dessert Station

 Desserts are the most inevitable foods in Buffets so indulge wisely.

You can eat something high-fat dessert such as crème brûlée and share it with your friends or people at your table. Or, choose a low-fat dessert like Sorbet which can give you more nutrition than you can imagine.


  1. Work out before you plan to eat out in a Buffet and the day after. It doesn’t just burn your calories but also curbs your appetite.


For foodies and big eaters, Buffets can be a “food paradise” while for dieters and healthy lifestyle seekers, buffets can be a bad and dangerous thing. Well it depends on which kind of person you think you are. Most importantly, Buffet eating needs to be well-planned. Diners must make best choices of the food, how they may want to eat. Like if they would want to eat like a Viking, course by course, section by section, or concentrate on one station and delicacy. Moreover, health experts suggest that we should never go to a buffet if we are starving. It can be dangerous to our health and damage our appetite. A soup or light meal will reduce the intensity of the hunger and can make us be wiser in choosing the kind and amount of food we eat in buffets.

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This article is written by:

JJ Sum A stay-at-home mom, a home-based online English tutor, an internet nut, coffee addict, likes to watch American TV series, Hollywood & Korean movies, and a very family-oriented person...

JJ Sum
A stay-at-home mom, a home-based online English tutor, an internet nut, coffee addict, likes to watch American TV series, Hollywood & Korean movies, and a very family-oriented person…

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