Dining out can be a fun way to derail your tedious life for a while, but unfortunately it comes with its own drawbacks. While you might be sweating your pants off at the gym and might appreciate your efforts on achieving a healthy lifestyle, frequent meal out could really switch your attempts undone. Therefore the next time, you’re off on a dining out experience, make sure you don’t slip away the basic dine out tip, back at home.
1. Choosing a hygienic restaurant
More than you should fear about consuming meal with high end calories, make sure the restaurant ensure health friendly practices. There are certain pre-requisite that decide whether the restaurant is adequately fit for you to eat or not. You should check whether the restaurant is willing make changes to the menu as per as costumer’s request.
2. Don’t make hasty decisions
Unlike others, don’t throw away poor, unhealthy choices in a run to make the order fast. Rather, read the menu carefully before ordering up. Always, begin your course from the appetizer menu as they refrain you from ordering entrée. You could add up vegetables to almost every dish, if you ask. To conclude a healthy menu decision, plan your menu before leaving your house.
3. Say ‘No’ to drinks
Alcohols and soft drinks are actually high in calories than in the nutritive elements. Therefore, keep yourself away from splurging into ordering drinks as they most certainly will add the extra calories to your body. However, if you still feel like drinking, ask for a glass rather than an entire bottle, for it might tempt you to drink more.
4. Cut down on dessert
After already eating heavy meal, leave out the restaurant and don’t cling on for dessert. Desserts are often creamy and carb-loaded; therefore better skip the dessert than going home with an unsatisfied tummy.
5. Inquire how the food was prepared
Yes, don’t be embarrassed about asking the waiter how the food was prepared. Just because the menu says cholesterol-free doesn’t necessarily mean fat-free and neither ‘lite’ always mean light in calories or fat. The dish could still be stir-fries and filled with calorie-dense oil.
6. Place special food order
Modify the original menu and make special order every time. If you look hard enough, there are several restaurants that take their customers dietary need into account. Dine out there and ask for preparing the food according to your need. For instance, request the waiter to cook up your tuna salad in limited oil or ask for sauce and dressings to be served separately.
7. Eat nutritional vegetable salad or soup
Undoubtedly, the real reason behind dining out is enjoying the delicious food that you never get to eat at home. But, its advisable to order something nutritive. Vegetable salads and soups are the best food alternative. Nevertheless, make sure that your salads are not affluent with cheese and meats. You know, that won’t help either.
8. Order sauce and dressing individually
Often when you eat Chinese, restaurants usually serve you food with sauce on the top of it. Therefore, every time you place the order, ask for sauce and dressing separately. That will help you add sauce accordingly your diet plan.
9. Don’t super-size the amount of the food
Don’t let your dining experience turn into some sort of challenge next morning at the gym. For this, keep an eye on the portion size, you order. After all, portion sizes are generally double (sometimes even triple) than you normally eat at home. Choose small or medium portion of entrée and moreover, split with your companion. Not only, will you avoid excessive intake of calories, but will also save some bucks for another night out.
Keeping aside your enticements could be a big challenge for you, especially when you encounter various mouthwatering dishes at the restaurants. However, if you keep dining out more to the conversation than the food, then no temptations can bring you down. It’s the most effective way to redeem yourself from eating more and unnecessary.