8 Ways to be Healthy and WIN at a Vegas Buffet

Posted By Roger Wellington on Oct 31, 2016 | 12 comments

8 Ways to be Healthy and WIN at a Vegas Buffet

Arrrrfff! I’m living it up in Vegas, baby!

Wooooof, it’s VEGAS! I LOVE VEGAS! One of my most frequented destinations in the world, it’s my home away from home. It’s like an explosion of exuberance, craziness, glitz, and fun. Total sensory overload. Bright lights, shouts from party people, Celine Dion concerts, ubiquitous FAT TUESDAYs, luxurious poolside cabanas, excessively air-conditioned casinos, high limit tables, exclusive nightclubs, overpriced bottle service, the heat, the cold, and most importantly, the magnificent buffets of all buffets. Vegas attracts different visitors from all over the world: the gamblers, party-goers, show watchers, foodies, buffet eaters, and random folks who just want to see what the hype is all about. Whether or not you are into the craziness of Vegas, you ought to get your butt in line to try a buffet in Sin City. Grubbing at a buffet is the ultimate Sin City experience. Why is a buffet so different in Vegas? Perhaps it’s because food at any famous Vegas buffet is indisputably of high quality and absolutely deeeeelicious, not to mention the large selection of international cuisine; so YIPPIEEEE, you can go on a global food tour within 2 hours here. With so many yummy foods before your eyes, it’s quite difficult not to overeat and feel unhealthy at a Vegas buffet (and lethargic afterwards). Eating healthy at any buffet is a challenge, BUT rest assured – here are 8 ways to be healthy (well, as much as possible) and WIN BIG at a Vegas buffet:

8 Ways to be Healthy and WIN at a Vegas Buffet

Win BIG!

#1 Do NOT try to get your money’s worth

People like to say that they gotta get their money’s worth at a buffet. After all, it’s already been paid for, right? You paid $30-60 worth of food so you’d better eat enough to make up for it, right? If you have this mindset, you’re more likely to get sick for eating everything until it is physically impossible to consume more. I’ve even puked in my mouth before from eating too much (I know, YUCK! Gross! Ewwww.) and then feel miserable for hours afterwards. So lesson learned – don’t overeat. Don’t try to “get your money’s worth” because chances are you’ll end up paying for it in the end. Even if you don’t puke, you won’t be feeling great. Trust me. Look at me down here – NOT a happy doggy. Eat what you can and stop when you’re full.

8 Ways to be Healthy and WIN at a Vegas Buffet

#2 Abstain from alcohol before the buffet

As “Vegas-like” as it may seem to drink up and eat lots, don’t go to a buffet drunk or buzzed. No, I’m not exactly worried about you knocking over plates and running into people at the buffet line (or should I be??), but the calories from your alcohol intake beforehand (and sugar depending on your choice of drink) will surely set you back at least a plate. Your best bet – come sober and with a good appetite.

#3 Go for lunch

Duh, lunch is cheaper than dinner! Everyone knows that. But there’s another reason to go for lunch besides saving money; you’re saving your health at the same time. Going for lunch is healthier as you will have more time to digest and walk it off throughout the day. The worst case scenario is to eat a big meal only a few hours before bedtime. However, if you must indulge those deluxe dishes that are only served during dinner time, go for a late lunch and you may be able to weasel your way into dinner time without paying the extra dollars.

8 Ways to be Healthy and WIN at a Vegas Buffet

#4 Start out light to make way for heavy items

Always start out light with greens, veggies, salad, or a small bowl of soup so your stomach can make way for heavy or meaty dishes later. Like in any meal, build up your appetite to the main course!

8 Ways to be Healthy and WIN at a Vegas Buffet

#5 Drink hot water or tea over alcohol and cold drinks

YEP, it’s Vegas – of course, you can get alcohol anywhere, anytime. Yet a buffet is no exception; you can easily have alcohol included in your all-you-can-eat meal. Some buffets even advertise “ALL YOU CAN DRINK.” But this is NOT how you want to win at a buffet. Again, alcohol will fill up your stomach quickly, probably faster than I can devour my bowl of salmon kibble. Skip those calories from cocktails, beers, and wine. Go for hot water or tea for easy and smooth digestion over alcohol or any cold drinks, even ice water. If you want to ease your way into a big meal, hot water is the way to go. Try it to believe it!

8 Ways to be Healthy and WIN at a Vegas Buffet

#6 Reduce carbs or starchy foods

Reduce your intake of rice, pasta, potatoes, bread – anything that will fill you up hastily. Less fillers, the better! I love sushi, but I even take off some rice from my sushi rolls if there seems to be too much. Don’t waste your stomach space on carbs and cheap filler foods!

8 Ways to be Healthy and WIN at a Vegas Buffet

#7 Sample everything, then return for the GREATEST hits

The best part about a buffet is the opportunity to try a little bit of everything; you can experience cuisine highlights of China, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Greece, France, etc. all in one setting. Hence, be sure to take small portions of everything that you want, but don’t get too much of one item – at least not initially. Return for your “greatest hits” a.k.a. your favorites after your sampler plates (granted, if  you can still eat).

#8 Take your time

At most buffets, you are allotted 2 whole hours! That is a loooooong time to eat. Pace yourself and eat slowly so your body has time to digest. Take breaks in between to “food shop,” people watch, and chat with your buffet buddies.

8 Ways to be Healthy and WIN at a Vegas Buffet


Win BIG at your next Vegas buffet and stay healthy! Remember to walk it off and mark your territory afterwards. Want more healthy travel tips? Be sure to check out 16 tips to stay healthy on the road!


Markin’ it up,

Roger Wellington a.k.a. The Doob

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  1. Totally agree to eat buffet during lunch time. Great tips. What about dessert?

    • Yes, always save room for dessert (but don’t go overboard :))! I usually like to have a scoop of ice cream with a macaron. Thanks for reading, Sweetie!

  2. Good tips! I love eating at buffets in Vegas, but I tend to overdo it. Will try your tips next time!

  3. I love your take on Vegas! Most people just talk about the casinos and nightclubs, but I would love doing a food tour there so much more! The buffets sound amazing.

  4. Oh my I think if I every went to Vegas I wouldn’t even consider how to be healthy! But it is important to keep yourself in check, good tips here 🙂

  5. This is the first post Ive seen that talks about buffet in Vegas ( no casino, nightclubs or drunk people). Haha, I like your take! I’ve never been to Vegas or the West Coast for the matter but I’m gonna take note of this.

  6. The first time I went to Vegas I had a buffet lunch at the Luxor. It was great, so much food and was delicious. The past 2 times I have been I have spent far too much time exploring and seeing the sights to have time to eat!!! It’s a great place though, I do love Vegas 🙂

  7. I used to LOOOOVE buffets, and I always regret pigging out after a meal haha. But totally agree on going at lunch to make the best out of it. And how cute is that?! Does your yorkie go everywhere with you?!

  8. Love these tips! Buffet brunch during Friday is very popular in Dubai and Doha, I’ve gone to too many of those and yes – I do follow these rules too. Except for one, I don’t eat breakfast before the brunch and I know that it’s very bad to indulge in only one meal alone but I can’t help it. :p

  9. Oh some fantastic tips here! I love Vegas buffets but I fill up so fast so have to take it slow! I also get grumpy when I am too full for dessert too and those buffets having amazing dessert tables!

  10. The only thing stopping me from lunch buffet is the special menu they serve during dinner! Haha I totally agree with trying not to get my money’s worth because I always regret it after the meal. I’ll try the rest when I get the chance to eat a Vegas buffet again!

  11. Wow that sure is a lot of food! haha
    I used to love buffets but now that I no longer eat meat and dairy, it’s not really worth it for me. Unless they have a fantastic vegan casino I haven’t heard about!?
    Great tips though!

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