Eating at a restaurant when dieting
Never arrive at a restaurant hungry! Hungry people make bad ordering decisions.
Eat an apple before you go out to dinner to help control your hunger.
Savor your food rather than stuff yourself. By eating a little of the food you really love, keeps you from feeling deprived and makes you a happier person. Do not eat anything on your plate that you do not like! You do not have to clean your plate! Try to never finish everything on your place. Do your best to leave 1/2 of the food on your place. Either take the rest home or let someone else at the table eat it.
Alcoholic Beverages - Alcohol can stimulate your appetite. Plus the calories (almost 200 calories per ounce) in alcohol can add up fast. Order a glass of wine and sip slowly on it through your dinner. Drink lots of water as your eat to quench your thirst and help you nurse your alcohol drink.
Eat the higher protein foods such as eggs, bacon, sausage, and ham. Soak up the extra grease on your plate or the entree with a paper towel or napkin.
Breads: If you need some carbs, go for a slice or two of whole grain or rye toast. If you have only biscuits to choose from, eat half the biscuit.
Fruits: As most buffets have fruit, choose the apples, pears, grapefruits, strawberries, and/or blueberries because they are lower in sugar. Avoid fruit juices because they are filled with excess sugar, calories, and sodium.
Coffee: Use only a little bit of real
sugar in your coffee and if you have to,
use a very little bit of creamer.
Rule 1: Eat something healthy a short time before going out to a restaurant. If you arrive at the restaurant hungry, you’ll be more inclined to overeat.
Rule 2: Eat slowly and savor each bit. Enjoy the conversation at the table. Put your knife and fork down between bites. Don’t pick it up again until you've completely swallowed the last bite - allow your body time to digest.
Rule 3: Be the first to order at the table - This way you won't be tempted by what others order.
Tip: Order from the appetizer menu. The appetizer plates are smaller than the dinner plates and you will eat less. If you are still hungry, order a side salad to help fill your tummy.
Beware: Portion sizes in restaurants can be more than you need. If you receive too large a portion, eat only half. When you feel full, stop eating. You do not need to finish your meal. Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to eat it! Ask for a takeout box or doggy bag, and take it home for another meal. Keep your portions under control when you are out to eat. Try to never eat until full, but only satisfied!
Drink Water: Good ways to avoid sugar-filled drinks is to get water and/or unsweetened tea. Drink a lot of water before your meals to make you fuller and less likely to eat too much.
Alcoholic Drink: If possible, avoid alcoholic drinks as they are high in calories. If you want an alcoholic beverage, stick to moderation. That means, in general, one (1) drink a day for women, two (2) drinks a day for men.
Start with Soup or alad: Filling your empty stomach with soup or salad before a meal is a good way to keep you from bingeing on your entrée later. Be selective. A clear, broth-based soup with vegetables is particularly good as an appetizer because soups in general tends to decrease your appetite. Most soups are low in calories and will fill you up, so you eat less. Soup takes a long time to eat, its filling, its low calorie, and it's good for you.
Salads: A garden salad also helps hold you over until your entrée arrives. When you order a salad, go for the vinaigrette dressings or your own oil and vinegar dressing. Most restaurant carry a low-fat dressing. You can ask for dressings to be served separately or on the side, and dip your fork lightly in the dressing to eat with each bite. This way, you have control over how much or how little you add. Beware of the chicken Caesar salad, as it is often higher in fat and calories than a cheeseburger.
Appetizers: Healthy appetizers would be shrimp cocktail without crackers, stuffed
mushrooms, or a few broiled or baked chicken wings with a little hot sauce.
Main Entrée: When out to eat, usually the more expensive the steak, the less fat it contains. Avoid anything with "fried" or "creamy" in the name. They're a quick way to double the fat, calories, and even carbohydrates (especially from breading). Order grilled, broiled, baked, or boiled. Trim visible fat off meat and poultry. Remember, a 3-ounce portion of meat is about the size of the palm of your hand.
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