Dining out can derail even the most disciplined weight loss plan. Remember it’s not about weight loss, it’s really about weight control. So how do you stay in control when you have a busy schedule? It would be nice to think we can create prepackaged meals that keep us on track, but that’s not the reality for many of us.
For many of us who are focused on weight control, our busy lifestyles dictate that we must eat out on occasion. These days, restaurant portions are two to three times that of an appropriate serving size not to mention extra oil, butter and sauces heaped onto your dish. When trying to lose weight, making the right choice is critical for continued success. Below are some simple ideas to help you order wisely; dining out with a survival guide can be enjoyable and hassle-free.
Simple Strategies for Success:
Choose steamed, roasted, and poached or lightly sautéed over fried or breaded. Beware of menu description that uses the words creamy, crisp, sauced, au gratin or stuffed. These items are likely loaded with hidden fats — much of it saturated or even trans fats.
Ask the waiter to box half your entrée before it ever gets to the table. Or split an entrée with your dining partner. Reducing portion sizes or sharing entrees… Read more