I've been eating out a lot recently; buffets, somali restaurants, all over the map really. Here is a little set of rules to keep that food from showing up on the belly...
The 5 Cardinal Rules (Must NEVER break)
1. No Drinks (water is ok)
1. No Desert
1. No Bread1. No Rice
2. No Potatoes
Some more guidelines
1. Avoid the oil. Especially true for pakistani-indian restaurants, where they use the-really-bad-for-you vegetable/corn oil. Avoid the oil as much as possible.
2. Load up on veggies. Order a side of broccoli or a salad. Most restaurants are happy to replace the bread with extra salad.
3. Eat up on the meat. Can't go wrong here.
There you go, so simple :)