I know there are times when I have walked away from a buffet meal and thought to myself "the owners of this place have got to be crying about me". You may have felt the same way after smashing a pizza buffet or hammering all you can eat shrimp, crab legs, and seven desserts. While we may be full and feel as if we've put one over on "the man". The bottom line is this, the man wins almost all of the time.

The picture you see above is a typical buffet plate for me. It's got some sushi, a tamale, a chili rellenos, a couple of egg rolls, and off to the right a piece of cake, some pie, some pudding, and some cinnamon sugar stuff that looked really tasty.

When we eat at buffets we don't stick to just one theme on our plates. We usually mix and match and create meals that there is no way in heck you could ever duplicate in your home. Still, with all of these choices are we getting one over on the restaurant industry?

Let's face it, if the restaurants didn't make money on buffet style meals they wouldn't serve buffet style meals. So, how much food do you really have to eat at a typical restaurant for the restaurant to actually lose money on your visit? The short answer is a lot. I mean an awful lot. I mean more than a Man Versus Food lot.

You want the poor people at the Chinese buffet to feel the pain in their wallet when you leave? You better be ready to pile up your plate anywhere from eight to ten times. By the way, that's if you only pile your plate with meat items. If you want veggies and rice you're going to need to eat a lot more.

How about that pizza buffet? Can you eat four large pizzas by yourself? That's how much pie you'd have to consume to see Papa John start to sweat just a little.

What about one of those homestyle, home cooking buffet dinners? The average customer will consume about $2.50 worth of food. If you consider that the average homestyle buffet will cost you about $13.00 that means you're going to need to eat a little more than five times what you might normally consume.