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 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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