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Diet Tip: Yes to Family Dinners — No to Family Style

Whether you're cooking a meal at home or going out to eat, if you're trying to lose weight, it's no secret that family-style dinners encourage us to eat more. When you have an empty plate in front of you and you see a whole array of different dishes to try, your eyes can be bigger than your stomach, and you can end up serving yourself a lot more calories than you would if you were just given a regular serving of food. It's just like going to a buffet. The food is in front of you, so you tend to keep going back for more. I'm all for sharing a meal with friends and family, but do yourself and your waistline a favor, and serve meals onto plates rather than from dishes on the table.

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TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
I'm a sucker for family style dining. ;)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's defnitely a bad thing to have a buffet style meal if you're looking to lose weight. there's this chinese food buffet that my family loves to go to and everyone usually goes up for more than 1 plate of food. it's interesting to see how much people are able to put away in their little stomachs (or maybe not so little) . for myself - when i go there i isually get a little bowl of soup and some veggies since i'm a vegetarian and don't eat the meat/fish stuff - and then i sit there and enjoy. i don't like go up again - i feel like a piglet when i do.
PinkLizzie PinkLizzie 8 years
I would disagree in general that serving from a table "buffet" is a bad idea. My family has always done this, and it allows you to eat until you're full and learn how "full" feels, rather than eat until your plate is clean whether that's overeating or not. I am always embarrassed at friends' houses when the plates come to the table already served and my portion is far too large - manners say to clear your plate, but my stomach is generally saying "no more!". You can't exactly ask for a doggy bag like at a restaurant.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Same here! I think I might actually end up eating less because we order fewer dishes total.
sldc sldc 8 years
Usually when I eat out family style it is because that is how the restaurant serves food normally. When with a group, I actually find there is very little food left for seconds!
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