Do you like to eat on weekends or on special occasions? Healthy eating is easier when you are at home and can take the time to plan your meals. What if I told you that it is possible to eat away and still lose weight or even maintain your target weight? Yes, you understood me correctly. You can go to eat and still lose weight with careful planning.
Normally, when you arrive at the restaurant, you immediately open the menu and browse the selection. Without careful planning, order your favorite pasta meal with the creamy sauce, pizza, cheeseburger with fries or other unhealthy choices. If you take the time to think about your meal decisions, you may not be so quick to order these unhealthy decisions or at least make them a bit healthier. Learn how to go eat without breaking your healthy eating habits with these ten tips.
Study the menu before you go
Do you know where you’re going to go out for dinner? If you have a website, you can easily set your menu in advance so that you can plan your meal. Planning ahead makes it so much easier to stick to your healthy nutrition plan. Plus, it gives you the ability to explore the calories and fat on several different meal options so that you can choose the healthiest option.
Sip on water or non-woven tea with your meal
The next time the waiter asks you what you want to drink, order a glass of water with lemon or unsweetened tea. Drinking water or unsweetened tea you can easily save several hundred calories. Many people don’t know how much soda they actually consume when they eat out, because the waiter is constantly refilling their glass.
Opt for grilled, steam or broken entrées
When choosing a starter and sides, choose something on the menu that has been grilled, stewed or grilled. These appetizers are typically not cooked in a bunch of butter or oil. You should avoid things that have fried, sautéed or creamy sauces.
Salads are not always better
Depending on where you go to eat, a salad is not always the best option on the menu. Many restaurants add a range of fatty options to most salads on the menu. They usually have too much salad dressing, bacon, cheese, croutons or nuts. If you decide to order a salad, order the bandage on the side and choose a low-fat version if possible. Dip your fork into the salad dressing before you put lettuce on your fork, saving you a ton of calories.
Do not be afraid to ask the waiter to omit the fatty pads that you do not want. Be careful when adding meat to your salad. It is best to opt for lean meat like grilled chicken. This will help you stay in your healthy nutrition plan.
Reduce calories if possible
If the waiter brings you your meal, ask immediately for a to-go container and a bag if you do not share your meal with someone else at the table. Then put half your meal in the to-go bag and put it out of your site. If you give your meal before eating in the to-the-way container, this will prevent you from accidentally eating too much because most people will continue to peck at your food when it is in front of you.
If you are traveling with your friends or family, order first so that you are not accidentally tempted to order the same as someone else at the table. Try not to stress too much if you cannot place your order first. Remember why it is important to order a healthier meal.
If you eat slowly, you can enjoy every bite of your meal, especially if you eat only half of a main course. Try to enjoy the entertainment between each of your bites. Many people find it helpful to put their cutlery between bites on the table so they are forced to chew their food slowly.
Limit alcohol intake
It is easy to be tempted to order a range of drinks while you go out for dinner on weekends. But if you drink too many alcoholic beverages, you may cancel your entire week of healthy eating. Instead, opt for a drink with little sugar/carbohydrates.
Skip the Margarita or Pina Colada and choose a wine or light beer instead. Even better if you skip everything together. In addition, limiting your alcohol intake also prevents you from accidentally eating excessively too much.
Do not order a dessert before you have a chance to calm down in your stomach. Before you decide to order something for dessert, wait at least 20 minutes after the meal. Desserts in restaurants are usually huge and are usually full of calories and fat. If you decide to order a dessert, share it with everyone at your table or order something that is healthier, such as a sorbet, fruit etc.
If you use these tips correctly, you will learn how to go to eat without blowing off your healthy eating habits during the week. I love that I can still eat with my family, even though I am working on weight-taking. Don’t forget to log your food intake in myfitness pal.