Secret: If the Music Is Loud, You’re Going to Overeat
The louder the tunes, the more energy you’ll feel – meaning you’ll eat and leave quicker, resulting in a higher profit for the restaurant. The problem is that because you’re eating so quickly, you don’t have time to realize you’re full. Often, this results in over-ordering and overeating.
Solution: Don’t give your full order up front; instead, order each course separately. When you control the experience, you’ll eat slower and eat less.
Secret: Always Pack the Leftovers Yourself
When you give your half-finished dinner to your server to have it boxed up, remember, there's no special "leftover boxing-up station." Your plate is left in the kitchen next to dirty dishes and garbage. Your roll could land on the floor and then could be put back on your plate.
Additionally, you have no idea how your food will get into your leftover container; it could be with someone's bare hands that have just wiped down a table.
Solution: Always ask for the to-go container yourself and pack your leftovers at the table.