It used to be that almost all meals were eaten at home. The only exceptions were if you happened to travel for business, were a driver, or happened to be on vacation. People simply cooked and ate at home. But over the years that has changed, and now it is estimated that people in the United Kingdom may eat more than half of all their meals outside the home. One of the big problems with this is that you don't have control over what goes into the food you're eating. This adds up to big trouble if you're trying to lose weight.
However, there are some things you can do to eat healthier when eating out. Here are some tips to help you eat better, and keep your weight under control at the same time.
Skip the bread and butter.
Sure, it's nice to have something to nibble on while waiting for your food to arrive, but a slice of bread, with butter can add up to 300 calories. Have two slices and you're already up to 600 calories, and none of your food is even at the table yet.
Choose your appetizers wisely.
It's a good idea to get an appetizer because it will keep you from overeating when the main dish arrives. Don't order anything deep fried or that's has cheese on it. Anything made with fresh vegetables is a good choice, as is a clear soup or seafood cocktail.
DRESS YOUR OWN SALAD
If you get a salad, have them put the dressing on the side. Otherwise there is a good chance the kitchen will pour too much dressing on the salad, and that adds up. You control how much you add when you have it on the side. (This goes for all sauces whenever possible)
BE AWARE OF HOW YOUR MEAT IS PREPARED.
Generally speaking, chicken and fish are better choices than pork and beef. However, you also have to pay attention to how it's prepared. Fried chicken and fish, covered with cheese or a heavy sauce will have more calories than a lean cut of beef that is prepared the right way. Better methods of preparation include roasted, baked or grilled.
SHARING IS CARING.
Share the entree. One thing most restaurants are known for are their large portion sizes, and they keep getting bigger. So, see if you can split the entree with someone at your table (some restaurants will charge a nominal fee for this, but it's worth it). If no one wants to share, then eat half and take the other half home. You can always ask for a container before you start eating to make sure you're not tempted to eat everything on your plate.
KEEP IT FRESH
Fruit for dessert. If you still have room for dessert, then opt for one that contains fresh fruit. Remember, you can always split a dessert, too.
The main thing to keep in mind is that you don't have to put your diet on hold just because you're eating out. Learning to make better choices is all it takes to dine out without having to worry about an expanding waistline.
Coach Steve-O developed a fat loss method for women to help them become leaner, fitter and more confident and to improve their quality of life through nutrition.