Eat Out and Still Lose Weight

“When we are in a diet and fitness program, the tendency is we get deprived on our favorite food. We avoid going to restaurants as we are afraid of getting tempted. But how about going to your favorite dining place and still keeping with your diet plan? How does it sound to you?”



Plan ahead
Many restaurants now feature nutrition information online, so check the restaurant’s website before you head out the door. Undecided about where you’re going? When you arrive, excuse yourself from the table for a minute and do a quick search on your smartphone. Per meal, aim for 500 calories, 6g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 800mg sodium or less and 5g fiber or more. Look for dishes that have whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Be aware of portion sizes
Restaurant servings have increased over the years. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average order of fries has grown to nearly three times what it was in the 1950s. But it can be difficult to avoid eating more than you need when it’s served to you. Try ordering a child-size portion or a half order, or split a dish with a friend.

Don’t be fooled by “light” offerings
Many restaurants features dishes they say are lighter. But just because those options have fewer calories and less fat than other menu items doesn’t mean they’re actually diet-friendly. Stick to the basics: Avoid heavy sauces …



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