When you’re trying to lose weight and eat out a lot, there’s no better friend or foe than the server. He or she can make sure that your requests are relayed to the kitchen and honored.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did an informal survey asking how much people tip. About 550 people voted, with 253 saying 18-20 percent; and 158 saying 20-25 percent.

The Restaurant Dieter is willing to bet that the higher tippers include folks who rely on servers to have their backs. Like the excellent server below.