Dining Out Without Derailing Your Diet
You’ve been going hard in the gym and eating clean at home. We applaud your efforts! And there is no denying that dining out with loved ones is a good way to get reconnected. If you are dieting, however, monster-sized meals can be a disaster to your diet.
You don’t need to worry. By following the tips below, you can absolutely enjoy a night at your favorite restaurant without derailing your diet.
Check out the menu online before you go
Most well-renowned restaurants post their menu on the web. Be smart, get a glimpse at what they are offering before you head to the restaurant. This way, you will know the healthiest options before you arrive.
Pick and plan your meal beforehand so you can avoid temptation. Veer away from fattening, fried foods. Instead, focus in on organic veggies, fish or chicken as healthy menu options in your fight against calories.
Do not pick a table by the kitchen
If you can help it, try a table far from the kitchen. Ever heard the phrase “your eyes are bigger than your stomach?” It’s hard not to notice servers leaving the kitchen with heavenly smelling dishes for customers. This is definitely a temptation you do not want, especially if you’re starved. If you can, ask for a table closer to the entrance.
Skip the bread and toppings
It’s going to happen, bread is coming and so is the butter. If your favorite restaurant serves up some hot bread before your main course, skip it. Tell the server you won’t have any bread. Don’t let the complimentary bread derail your diet. Stick with water, before your entree instead.
Oh, and this kinda goes without saying but if your main course includes fattening toppings such as mayonnaise or cheese, please please please. I beg of you, skip the toppings.
Choose higher-end restaurants
If you have the money, then you may opt to head to a high-end restaurant. Why, you ask? The main reason is that these types of restaurants offer smaller portions as opposed to chain restaurants. A fine dining experience typically won’t overload you.
Search popular reservation site Open Table for some top notch spots in your area that don’t have belly busting portions.
Avoid restaurants that play loud music
It is worth noting that loud music such as pop, rock, and heavy metal make you want to eat fast. When you eat hurriedly, there is a big chance that you will eat more than you should. Rather, it is smart to select an eatery that plays softer sounds. Try these places instead.
There you have it: A slew of healthy tips for eating out.
Do you have any tips? Share them in the comments section below!