I try to avoid the buffets, but I do order out for Chinese probably once a month as a treat - I usually get dumplings (steamed, not fried!!) and they're actually not too terrible so long as you don't eat too many (I usually eat between 6-8 good-sized ones) and you go easy on the soy sauce.
I also will get steamed chicken and broccoli - there's really no way to go wrong with that
I think the key for me is to get anything that is steamed, weigh out the portions that I get at home, and be honest with myself. I also try to load up on vegetables there (again, steamed, not stir-fried) and take it easy on the meat portions.
Female, 31 years old, 5'4 1/2" tall
Starting weight 1/4/11 = 215.2 lbs.
Weight 10/22/14 = 175.0 (net: -40.2)
Last mini-goal: 175 lbs. REACHED 10/22/14 --REWARD: New wallet
Current min-goal: 170 lbs.
Next large goal: 165 lbs. by 12/25/2014
Lowest weight: 156.7 lbs.
150.2 lbs. <--- Official "Healthy BMI" weight
Estimated final goal: 130-140 lbs.
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