Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Most Dangerous Restaurant

No, I don't mean that you're at greater risk of getting mugged or stabbed in one particular restaurant over another.  The term "dangerous" here refers completely to the food they serve, and the fantastic potential of that food to make you resemble a big, bloated Santa Claus.  That's right, these places serve the food that rips jeans, bulges shirts, and sprouts new chins.  Sounds horrific, doesn't it?  Just about the scariest thing going for sure....



So which restaurant do you think it is?  Wendy's?  KFC?  How about the big ol' Micky D?  Actually, it's none of the above.  Yes, that's right, in my opinion the most dangerous, fat condoning restaurant is far worse than any fast food chain, and it has a lot to do with the quantity of food they make available to you.  Did that give you a hint?  If you didn't catch it, here's a little riddle that might make things clearer:  What's sweet and sour and comes in endless quantities?

That's right, I believe truly that the most dangerous restaurant out there is a Chinese buffet, and honestly, it's not hard to see why.  First of all, they're relatively cheap.  Secondly, you get an unlimited supply of some of the worst food going.  Thirdly, that horrible food tastes better than anything you could ever imagine.  I mean seriously, what tastes better than a couple egg rolls and a plate full of General Tso chicken?  Not much, my friend, not much.  And howabout that lo mein?  Oh my gosh it's to DIE for.  And here, you can see the problem.



If you ever find yourself in one of these places (which I'm sure you will at some point or another), take a look around you.  Half the people will go up for seconds and thirds, bringing back plate after plate of fried chicken, oily, slimy noodles, and cream cheese stuffed crab rangoons.  And after they finish those monstrous piles of food, they'll go back and grab some sort of dessert from the vast selection of cake, ice cream, and other baked goods.  And of course, you have to have a fortune cookie at the end of it all, right?  I mean it wouldn't be a complete trip without that.

What is the average number of calories consumed at a Chinese buffet?  Well, I'm not sure if this will come as a shock or not, but it's quite easy to break 3000 calories in one meal at a buffet.  Heck, when eating competitively with my friends a few years back at a Chinese joint, I probably broke 5000, easy.  Seriously, when everything is fried, prepared with lots of oil and sugar (and other nasty chemicals), food takes on enormous caloric density.  If you want to succeed on a diet in a Chinese buffet, you HAVE to realize this.

The good news is that not all foods at a Chinese buffet are unhealthy.  In fact, some are extremely good for you.  Here's a list of what to go for at a buffet, and also a list of what to avoid.

Healthy Chinese Buffet Choices:

-Steamed vegetables (with no sauce)
-Plain Shrimp
-Brown Rice
-Muscles, clams, and most other shellfish
-Sushi (in small quantities)
-Grilled meats such as chicken with LITTLE OR NO SAUCE
-Wonton or egg drop soup
-Fruit
-Salad Bar





What to avoid:

-Lo Mein
-Sweet and Sour, General Tso, or any other sort of heavily sauced up fried chicken
-Fried ANYTHING
-Egg rolls
-Fried rice
-Crab rangoons
-Dumplings
-Dessert bar

Sure, Chinese buffets are dangerous, but they don't have to destroy your diet.  Be smart about what you choose to eat, stay in control of your appetite, and you'll be just fine.  That fried food may look, smell, and taste amazing, but think of the long term.  What will it really do to your body, and your future goals?  Yeah...doesn't look so appetizing anymore, does it?

Choose wisely, think of the future, and as always, GOOD LUCK!


6 comments:

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  2. I'm impressed. You're truly well informed and very intelligent. You wrote something that people could understand and made the subject intriguing for everyone. I'm saving this for future use.


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  4. I feel like based on what I read that the avoid section should just say:
    -Chinese Buffets
    and be done with it.

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  5. I feel like based on what I read that the avoid section should just say:
    -Chinese Buffets
    and be done with it.

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  6. However, it should be pointed out that one's health is not determined by one meal, but on your DAILY food and exercise habits. For most people, an outing to a Chinese buffet is an occasional splurge, so let's not overdo it with the veggies and such.

    If you don't want to sabotage your diet, why are you going to a Chinese buffet anyway? If it's an occasional indulgence to celebrate something, why be so strict with yourself during that one occasion?

    Let's be reasonable folks.

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