Your weight loss plan depends on a regimen of calories “in” versus calories “out”. Often this can mean that you feel restricted to eating the same, predictable foods over and over, or avoiding any deviations from your routine.
But life happens, and sometimes you need (or want) to eat a meal out. The good news is that a restaurant meal doesn’t have to wreck your diet! Follow these tips to keep your caloric intake in the acceptable range.
Share. If you’re craving a Texas onion or a slice of chocolate cake, invite some friends to go along and share the dish. You might only take a few bites of the treat, but you’ll enjoy the company so much that you really won’t mind eating less.
Try modifications. Ask your server about diet hacks for the meal you’re considering. For example, many people enjoy cheeseburgers just as much, when wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. Many restaurants can modify dishes so that they’re more diet-friendly, while preserving the main thing you love about the meal.
Order dressings and sauces on the side. Condiments can add hundreds of calories to a meal. Ask for them on the side, and dip bites of food into them sparingly.
Go heavy on the fruits and veggies. To fill up (and meet your body’s nutritional requirements), order a fruit plate as an appetizer, or a side of steamed veggies with your entree. The fiber will help you feel full, so you won’t overdo it on the fattier parts of your meal.
Box it up. Order the entree you want, but ask your server to bring a box with the meal. Immediately place half of the food in the box (and don’t dig into it when you get home). By doing this, you cut your portion sizes in half.
Order water. We often overeat when we’re thirsty, so make sure you’re well hydrated before you even begin your meal. Ask your waiter for a glass of water right away, and have another glass while you’re eating.
As always, call us for an appointment to discuss your weight loss plan. We can help you decide upon a reasonable goal for your daily caloric intake, and discuss ways to keep your plans on track.