Free Starters before Diners

I had a business meeting last evening and this took place at a Mexican restaurant. I arrived before the other doctor and the waiter took my drink order (nope, not a Sangria or Mexican beer…opted for the diet Coke) and he brought the drink accompanied by a bowl of chips and salsa. The wait was about 10 minutes before the gentleman arrived and within those 10 minutes, I devoured over ½ the chips that were in the bowl. When dinner arrived, I was not as hungry as I was when I sat down initially; the chips and salsa certainly changed the dynamics.

On the way home I started thinking about my own behavior pattern at the restaurant. Had the chips and salsa been a separate charge as opposed to being a “free starter” I never would have ordered it. This has nothing to do with the few bucks they would have charged but simply for the fact that I knew the dinner was going to be a large portion and I did not really need to start chomping on food before dinner.

Many restaurants provide “free starters” ranging from nuts to breads to pretzels. These food sources are rarely ‘Phase 1” compatible choices, as they are invariably always carbohydrates.

During your long-term weight control journey, try to choose restaurants that do not bring “free starters” to your table OR request that they not be brought over if that restaurant does, in fact, offer these up.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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