Don’t be a sucker! Know what to order before getting to the restaurant

Tablet Food

Restaurants are the worst for weight loss. They add excess fat/salt/sugar to ingredients that may not be of high quality. So I don’t eat out much. When I do, I always plan my order in advance, before getting there. And I keep it simple: steamed fish, a double serving of green veggies, no oil, no salt. I season with lemon, pepper and hot sauce 🙂


Planning in advance is the only way to win. Especially when restaurants like Chili’s are making it harder to eat healthy. They, among others, have adopted a digital in-store ordering system with tablets installed on every table. The customer can order “freely,” impulsively, with no inhibition. And they’re winning:

Ziosk has found that eliminating the wait for a human server can boost impulse orders of appetizers at the beginning of a meal—orders that seem to be encouraged by the digital menus’ large images. If you come hungry and you don’t have to wait for a server and you’re looking at an enormous picture of gooey nachos… there’s a good chance you will order those nachos. Ziosk claims to have found a 20-percent increase in appetizer sales, as compared with standard, server-based ordering strategies…a 20-percent increase in dessert sales. (Ziosk claims a 30-percent dessert-sale bump for its clients overall.) Coffee sales are apparently up, too.

Bottom line: Know what you’re gonna order before getting to the restaurant – don’t be a sucker!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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