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How to Watch Your Weight while Dining Out

Friday, August 17, 2012 · 0 comments

Restaurant meals are packed with 60 % more calories than home made dishes. The good news is that you don’t entirely have to give up the joys of dining out. You just have to bear in mind a few precautionary measures.

1. Do Your Research

Many restaurant goers are clueless on what the healthiest options are at their favorite restaurants. It does not help to make guess estimates on the nutrition information of the food you order. A little research will help you look after your diet while you are enjoying a dinner with friends in the relaxing ambiance of your favorite eating place.  A lot of restaurants post their menu along with its nutrition information online, so you can therefore go over them and make informed choices beforehand. You can also ask for the in-house nutrition brochures of the places you frequent.

2. Eat Consciously

People who lose weight successfully are those who are conscious of their food intake, and if they do overindulge at times, they always make up for it. People who take no notice of their body’s cues and eat beyond what is needed often struggle with their weight. When dining out, you must pay attention to what your body is saying, especially because restaurant servings always tend to be oversized. When you start feeling full, stop eating and take a few minutes to evaluate if it is necessary to eat more. After all, a clean plate is not a requirement.

3. Manage Your Hunger

Skipping meals during the day in order to make way for calories for a lunch function or a party later in the evening is a recipe for disaster. What happens is that you will be so famished by the time you get to the party and end up eating way much more than if you had eaten a healthy meal in the course of the day. What’s worst is that you slow your metabolism by skipping meals because your body will assume that you are in an emergency state and start conserving fat.

4. Balance the Bad with the Good

You have heard this tip over and over again, but since restaurant foods are mostly high in fats and calories it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. The most sinful ingredients are ice cream, fried foods, baked foods, cream, butter, and fatty meats. Good options can be found in food that is in its natural state, or close to it. You can order fruits, whole grains, beans, and vegetables, rather than fruit pies, potato chips, or chicken nuggets.

5. Practice Damage Control

In reality, it is almost impossible to drop your favorite comfort foods completely from your menu. Occasionally, you can’t say no to sumptuous pasta and desserts. It happens. However, it doesn’t mean that you would have to forget the whole diet plan altogether. What you can do is neutralize the damage. To make up for an indulgent meal, exercise longer than your regular routine and stick to low calorie food options on your next few meals.

 

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