How often do you dine out? Is it at least once every couple of weeks, or is it weekly or is it even more often? Many people, because of work commitments and time constraints eat out regularly; too often at Fast Food restaurants. But you don’t have to give up eating right just because you are eating out.
So how do you avoid the extra calories and fat producing foods that seem to be part of dining out? Fortunately there are a few tricks to make dining out a breeze and still allow you to stick to your diet.
- Go Online… Find out where you are going and check out the restaurant’s online menu. Many of the larger chains and even most good restaurants will provide a full menu listing. Use this information to help you find the healthiest items on the menu. You can also use the internet to search for the recipes online to determine the likely ingredients. Some well known chains will have their recipes on the web with full nutritional value to help you make the best choices;
- Don’t go out hungry… You know those negative calorie foods, the ones that cause you to burn more calories than you take in, eat one f them about 20 minutes before you head out to eat. Chew on a cup of celery 30 minutes before meal time and you may find yourself comfortably full making it easier to make good choices;
- At the restaurant… Today most restaurants, will provide an ingredient and nutritional breakdown that will provide you with full details about each menu item. You can then make your choices wisely;
- Low Calorie, Low Carbohydrate, Wheat Free, Dairy Free… There are so many allergies and so many diets today that restaurants often offer a wide variety of choices. Some provide a section of their menu that is low calorie or heart healthy or… If you do not see what you want, ask. Most good restaurants can make changes that suit your diet.
- Go Vegetarian for the Day… Vegetarian meals can be a good choice as they often contain few foods high in saturated fats and in calories. But be careful; deep fried, breaded, covered with rich sauce and loaded with butter or margarine is not going to help your diet;
- Beware the sauces and look for foods that aren’t coated… Those rich sauces and that heavy breading can be your undoing. Request to leave them out. Or, ask for a specially prepared meal that fits your needs.
- Fast Food Restaurants… Here you can almost always find a salad with chicken breast or cheese added. Be sure to avoid the salad dressings loaded with sugar and bad fats. Stick to olive oil and vinegar. Grab your commitment and stick to your diet even though you might want something else
Do these things and you will quickly see the pounds starting to melt away in which case the jealousy of your friends will likely be a much bigger reward than those empty calories would have been.