One of the things about dieting is the misery people put themselves through by completely cutting out everything you enjoy and like eating making meal times boring, unsocial and not very enjoyable.
But everyone deserves to enjoy the social interaction of a good meal out with friends, partners. The enjoyment of not having to cook for yourself. Choosing an old favourite or trying some new exotic dish you’d never attempt cooking yourself.
Of course you don’t want to throw yourself completely off course of have a massive binge so here are some good tips to follow whilst eating out-
- Do a Sally- For anyone that has ever watched When Harry Met Sally you’ll know what that means, for the rest of you it means ordering your sauces and dressings on the side. So you can chose how much to drizzle over your dish rather then having it served up with all those extra calories. And Be independent – Have it the way you want it. Try not to bow to peer pressure, if you don’t want a starter or desert then don’t let people persuade you too just so they can have theirs guilt free. We have all been there when someone says I’ll only have one if everyone else is having one.
Harry: You don’t see that? Waiter, I’ll begin with a house salad, but I don’t want the regular dressing. I’ll have the Balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the Salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce, on the side. On the side is a very big thing for you.Sally: Well I just want it the way I want it.
- Check out the menu before you get there – Have a read of the menu before you get there so you can make a healthy choice at your leisure and you’ll already have your mind set on what your getting so be less likely to be swayed by others.
- Stay clear of the all you can eat menu/buffet – We all enjoy getting value for money and a bargain, so the all you can eat idea always seems to end up being a challenge to see just how much food we can get for £11.99. This option in my experience always ends in over eating.
- Portion Control – If your worried about portion sizes of the restaurant then a good option is to order a starter as your main course and then add to it with a side salad or side of veg without butter. (Remembering to also order the dressing on the side for the side).
- Reduce alcohol – Try to have a glass of water in between each glass of alcohol to slow your self down. This will also help avoid a hangover the next day and make you feel fuller throughout the meal so you won’t over order.
- Choosing your meats – Ideally choose white grilled or baked fish as it is extremely low in fat and is a great source of protein. If your not keen on fish then chose for lean meat such as chicken or turkey again go for grilled or baked options.
7. Two is company three’s a crowd – Try to stick to two courses rather then three, so decide whether you’d prefer a savory starter or a sweet desert rather then having both with your main.
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