16 tactics to maximise All You Can Eat buffets

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By in Food & Drink. Updated January 2016.

When you’re a student eating out can be a bit of a luxury, so if you’re going to splurge you might as well make sure to get your money’s worth.eatingabigburger“All You Can Eat” buffets have come to be a staple part of any student’s diet, but you need to know the tricks of the trade to make sure you’re actually getting a good deal.

Luckily for you though, we’ve done the ground work and pigged out to the max, just to help you out of course. So, without further ado, here’s our top 16 tips on winning at life  “All You Can Eat” buffets.

Note: We’d just like to point out at this point that we are in no way advocating that you should eat so much it makes you ill. We just want you to get you money’s worth…

Top tips on “All You Can Eat” buffets

  1. Shop around

    Shop around buffetsIt’s the same thing we always say, but this tip just never gets old. If you live in a big city then the chances are you’ll have a couple of buffet restaurants to choose from, all varying in food quality and price.

    Just work out what’s more important to you and where you can get the best deal. No one wants to walk out of a restaurant and see the same meal five quid cheaper as you waddle home.

  2. Stay true to your tastes

    toiletSo the Indian down the road might do an amazing offer on their top notch food, but this is all really a bit pointless if you don’t actually like Indian food. Don’t be swayed into a restaurant you’re not too keen on just because of the epic price.

    It won’t be worth it when you realise you’ve paid loads of dollar and don’t actually want to eat a single thing. Or when you’re throwing up in the toilet later.

  3. Multi-Cusine offers variety

    Multi Cuisine BuffetVariety is the spice of life, or so they say, and having lots of different things to eat at your buffet will help you get through the tough times when you just don’t think you can face another morsel.

    But seriously, having a range of food instead of just one type of dish will help you to power through for longer, as well as enjoy the experience more.

  4. Go at lunch time

    Lunchtime BuffetPretty much every buffet restaurant you come across will have a different price for lunch and dinner. Sometimes lunch prices last right up to 5pm.

    In our extensive experience, it tends to be better to go at lunch time. The prices are cheaper and there is typically  just as much food on offer (but be careful as some may have limited lunch menus).

  5. Don’t starve yourself

    catfatIt might seem counter intuitive to go pigging out before you go pigging out, but the last thing you want to do is starve yourself as the size of your stomach will shrink and you won’t be able to eat as much as you want to.

    Have a decent sized (normal) breakfast in the morning and, trust us, it will set you right up for your eating extravaganza.

  6. Exercise beforehand

    joggingHaving a jog will most certainly be the last thing you even want to think about doing after you go on an eating spree so make sure to get your daily dose of exercise in early.

    Exercise it up for a few days before the big event and it will give you metabolism a kick start, allowing you to eat more and stop you piling on the pounds.

  7. Drink

    drinkyNo, we don’t mean sambucca shots. But your body does need to be well hydrated to help break down the food you’re about to pile in.

    Therefore, in the run up to your ‘eating party’ you should make sure you’re well hydrated, as well as generally awesome and loving life.

  8. Make room

    toiletySo, it’s a bit of an, ahem, delicate subject, but in order to put more food in your mouth you need to clear out the old stuff.

    Moving swiftly on…

  9. Small portions

    tinyfoodIf it’s a multi-cuisine buffet try a bit of everything on offer rather than sticking to just one thing. Variety helps to break up the monotony of tastes and allows you to eat more.

    Similarly, get small portions. There’s no point in piling your plate high of prawn toast slices when you’re free to go back as many times as you want.

  10. Slow and steady

    hareDon’t shovel all your food down at once, you’ll regret it later. It’ll make you feel less bloated later and leave room for more food throughout the buffet.

    It’s also important that you relax and don’t get over excited!

  11. Take chocolate with you

    chocolateThis might sound a bit weird, but if you’re eating lots of savoury food and feeling bit blerghy, then eat a small square of dark chocolate.

    Having something sweet, even if it’s small, will help you to once again to be ready and raring to go. And that’s the aim of the game.

  12. Go for expensive favourites

    Buffet Choose QualityTo really get your money’s worth take a look around see if there’s any dishes that have more expensive foods in them, providing you like what’s on offer.

    A common example would be shrimp or salmon. As, let’s face it, you can eat chicken nuggets any day of the week.

  13. Don’t down your drink(s)

    drinkingstuffOkay, so we know we said earlier that you have to be hydrated, but that is before the meal. While you’re in the process of gorging you’re not going to be wanting to stock up on liquids as they’ll fill you up.

    Fizzy drinks especially will make you feel bloated and about to pop so put down that coke.

  14. Peppermint tea

    teatimeOnce you’ve finished the big eat, you should probably do some damage control. Peppermint tea is great for aiding digestion, soothes your stomach and helps reduce bloating and nausea.

    So sit back, kick back and relax. And be rock & roll.

  15. Go for a walk

    walkWhen the full feeling is starting to subside go for a steady walk. The fresh air and gentle exercise will make you feel better and help to work off some of the extra pounds you put on during the buffet!

  16. Avoid indigestion

    bloating1Finally, make sure you have some antacid tablets on hand in case you get heartburn and indigestion.

    While you shouldn’t aim to make yourself ill in the first place, it’s best to be prepared.

Use this guide like an eating bible and you should be able to get more for your money the next time you go to an all you can eat buffet, whatever the food may be.

For more solid advice on how to save money when you are eating out check out this guide.

If you have any of your own tips, let us know in the comments below!

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