Eating Out: The Survival Guide
Eating out once a week is not a problem in fact as long as you stick to your nutrition guidelines recommended. One thing that can have an impact on results is regular eating out, for example if you are someone who ends up travelling with work quite often eating out may be part of your weekly schedule and can’t be helped. Below we have provided tips in order to help in this situation.
CHECK THE MENU BEFOREHAND
Most places will have the menu up on their website, this can make things so much easier as you will know the best option before you turn up rather than frantically trying to make up your mind.
TRY TWO STARTERS INSTEAD OF A STARTER & A MAIN
It sounds very simple but by going for two starters you can easily save up to 200-400 calories come the end of the meal.
RING UP BEFOREHAND
In the case where the menu may not look anyway healthy why not pick the healthiest looking dish normally steak or fish, make a call and ask for it to be prepared with no add ons, the fact you have rang beforehand makes it easy for the restaurant and then just remind the host once you have arrived.
ASK FOR IT YOUR WAY
This comes back to the previous tip but don’t hold back on asking your food to be prepared your way, at the end of the day you are the customer and if you don’t want your steak cooked in butter make it clear, trust me if you eat out often and don’t ask for small things like this you are easily getting an extra 300 calories in the cooking process that you could do without.
DOUBLE UP ON YOUR VEGGIES
A simple and effective way to help you feel full and not crave that desert after a long hard day.
WATCH THE ADD ONS TO SALADS
Creams and dressing are the hidden calories which we tend not to count but trust me they count, ensure you don’t fall for this hurdle by asking for all dressing on the side especially in salads.
CHECK THE SALADS MENU FIRST
Throw your eye to the salad menu first and if you see something you like go for it, the longer you spend examining the menu the more time your mind can convince you to have something you want as opposed to something you need.
DRINK WATER THROUGH THE MEAL & SKIP FANCY DRINKS
Most of us when dehydrated will tend to think we are hungry, avoid this problem especially at dinner time by sipping water and skipping on the drinks that will dehydrate us further and cause sugar spikes.