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by Team Fresku / Health & Self April 11, 2019

Tips To Help You Stay On The Health-Wagon While Eating Out!

Dining out with friends and family can be fun, but not at the expense of interfering with your diet. The unhealthy fatty meals nowadays served at many restaurants can spell disaster for your weight. So here are a few tips on how to stay on your health wagon while still enjoying a night out eating with friends & family. And the good news is that you can still eat out without throwing a calorie bomb into your diet plan. You don’t have to be perfect—you just need to do a little damage control. All you need is a good strategy plan, which you’ll find below.

First, is picking the right restaurant.

Choosing one restaurant over another can make a bigger difference than you may think. You should always try to opt for a restaurant where you know offers healthy choices as well as regular choices. You don’t want to turn the dinner party into a full-blown leaf eating fest, but you also don’t want to ruin your own diet. So, have a nice sit down with everybody, look at some online menu’s and discuss what would be the best option for everybody’s needs.

Go to restaurants with a low-cal menu.

Some restaurants are currently changing with the times. So, they are starting to offer healthier and delicious options alongside those creamy and fattening entrées. Some restaurants now offer special lighter options for their more health-conscious customers.

Give yourself a good pep talk before heading out.

It may seem stupid but giving yourself a pep talk before heading out to the restaurant will motivate you to opt for the best & healthiest choice. Putting a goal for yourself will help put you in the right healthy mindset when approaching the meal choices.

Head for a fancy twist.

If money is not a concern, you should opt to go a bit fancier and head to one of the higher-end restaurants in your area. The reason is because most upscale restaurants tend to offer much smaller portions than chain restaurants, allowing you to indulge in some of the fancier fare in appropriate well managed portions.

Drink water, like your life depends on it.

We often think that we’re hungry when we’re actually just thirsty. Alternate bites with big gulps of water. It’ll force you to slow down as you eat, and you’ll be able to manage your level of hunger to keep you from overeating. But, try avoiding empty calorie drinks (soda, juice, alcohol). These drinks are infused with sugar and that just adds unnecessary calories to your dinner. They also fill you up a lot faster that you won’t be able to enjoy your, actual meal.

Big NO to bread, chips and salsa basket.

Some restaurant often put these on the table before the actual meal to keep your stomach full. But it is a big NONO, they have so many carbs and calories. On the long run, you will realize that you technically didn’t need them.

Order salad first.

Loading up on a healthy salad at the beginning of a meal sets a good tone for the rest of the experience. Just make sure you keep it simple by foregoing creamy dressings for simple oil and vinegar. And skip the cheese and croutons, too. Not in the mood for salad? Pick a meal that’s very veggie-heavy. You can always use the “half-plate rule”— filling half your plate with veggies, the other half with fats or protein.

Double up on appetizers instead of a main course.

It’s always smarter to choose two appetizers instead of one main course. It’s less in calories & you get to enjoy two different meals, without feeling guilty.

Look for healthy terms on the menu.

The words grilled, broiled and baked all have something in common. They’re all words that indicate that the food was cooked in the healthiest way possible. Of course, there’s always a chance the restaurant could use butter or sauces in the prep process, but you know can always request that they leave it off.

 

Order fish.

You can almost never go wrong with seafood. It’s always a good choice, as long as it’s not fried. If you really want to be healthy, you can ask for your seafood option to be cooked without any sauces or butter.

 

Forget about dessert.

All of those chocolate cakes might look so delicious, but even a small piece of cake can add on 400 or more calories onto your dinner. Just say no to dessert at the restaurant. And if you must have some, choose a lighter alternative like fruits (berries) with a little whipped cream.

Plan a lighter activity after dinner.

A nice walk after dinner will not only help you digest your meal but also burn a little of what you ate. We are not saying, “go run a marathon”. But a nice walk in town or near the beach will do the trick. Going dancing is also one way to do it.

 

 

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