Can you lose weight while having foods you love? When it comes to dining out at restaurants, you may think there’s no possible way you can go out to eat and continue to lose or maintain your weight loss. At Diet Center, we introduce you to all the tools and knowledge needed to make eating out a breeze.
Before you dine out, it’s important to be prepared! Walk into the restaurant knowing that you are going to say “no” to the bread basket, you are committed to avoiding empty calories such as alcohol and you’re going to enjoy the company rather than focusing solely on food. There are plenty of healthy options when dining out that allow you to enjoy what you are eating while maintaining your commitment to your weight-loss and health goals. Here are some additional tips for ordering out.
Tip 1: Prepare Ahead of Time
Most restaurants have their menus online. Take a few minutes to view the menu ahead of time and choose the healthiest option from there. This way, you are already prepared to order and won’t be tempted by other menu options! Before the meal, be sure to take your Diet Center Carb Blockers, which will assist with reducing cravings, decreasing hunger and increased fat burning. A Gold Protein Drink or Fiber Supplement will also aid in creating a feeling of satiety helping to avoid overeating.
Tip 2: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
You can ask the chef to prepare your food any way you’d like. Don’t be afraid of seeming “picky”—restaurants receive special orders all the time. Don’t feel obligated to explain that you are trying to lose weight, simply tell the waiter that because of dietary concerns, you need your meal prepared a certain way. Ask to have your protein grilled without butter, fat or salt and substitute an extra vegetable or side salad for your starch option!
Tip 3: Order Healthy Options from the Diet Center Food List
You may order any meats, fruits and vegetables from your servings, however, we recommend you save your starch servings for when you eat at home. Starch servings at a restaurant can be double or triple the recommended portion and contain far more calories.
Tip 4: Avoid Temptation
Don’t tempt yourself. Wait until your fellow diners have taken a roll or piece of bread from the basket and politely ask the waiter if he can remove the basket from the table. Order soda water or iced tea with lemon or lime instead of a cocktail. This way, you avoid temptation and stay on track! If wine or cocktail is a must, ask your Diet Center Counselor for suggestions and order your drink after you place your order for your entrée. This keeps you on track!
Tip 5: Be Aware or Large Portion Sizes
Restaurants are notorious for serving larger-than-recommended portion sizes. To avoid overeating, ask your waiter to box half your meal up right away. That way, you won’t feel lethargic after your meal and you’ll also have leftovers for the next day. Another option is to cut all portions in half immediately upon being served by creating a line in your food. This will tell you your “stop” point. Without this line, it is easy to lose focus on how big the beginning portion was.
Tip 6: Eat Slowly and Mindfully
Eat slowly during your meal and be sure to take short breaks where you can put your fork down and pause or take a few sips of water. Give yourself 15 minutes after your meal to feel full. It takes the feeling of satiety time to register within your brain. If you still don’t feel satisfied, enjoy a decaffeinated non-fat latte or fresh fruit.
Ordering out at restaurants is easy when you prepare ahead of time and arm yourself with the knowledge to choose healthy options and the willpower to avoid temptation.