Team, today’s topic is: eating out made easy. For many people, having a nice dinner out with friends or their significant other is one of their favorite activities to do, but at the same time, if you aren’t careful, you will wind up eating far more calories than you had planned on.
Restaurant meals are typically anything but healthy, so if you aren’t taking measures to ensure you keep your calorie intake in check, this could be very detrimental to your overall progress.
So what can you do to prevent this from occurring? Fortunately, there are some wise steps to take to help you keep your meal healthy and nutritious.
Here’s what to know.
Remove The Breadbasket
First, always remove the bread basket from the table. Most people can easily eat 300-400 calories worth of bread in a single meal if it’s sitting there in plain sight, so remove it from the picture.
This way, you won’t have to worry about it.
Order Twice The Vegetables
Next, make sure that you order twice the vegetables whenever possible – and consider replacing some of the rice or pasta that the dish comes with and have vegetables instead. This again is a simple way to slash carbs and boost the nutritional density the meal has to offer.
Keep The Protein Lean
When choosing your protein options, always choose lean selections such as chicken or fish that hasn’t been breaded.
Try and stay away from all ground beef dishes and even consider opting away from steaks when possible. Often they are served in very high serving sizes that will just pack on the calories – calories you don’t need.
Ask For Sauce On The Side
Moving along the next thing to consider is asking for sauce on the side of the meal. This can also help to bring down the total calorie and sugar content, making it more manageable for fitting it into your diet. Often it’s the sauce that adds most of the calories in the first place, so you can really do some good damage control by keeping it out of the dish entirely.
Avoid High Calorie Add-Ons
Also be sure you are mindful of high calorie add-ons. Parmesan cheese, olives, candied nuts, feta cheese, ramen noodles – all of these can be tossed on top of your meal and can significantly boost your calorie intake if you aren’t careful.
Request the dish to be served without and you’ll save calories here as well.
Eating out made easy
So there you have the key factors to remember when it comes to eating out wisely. Use these tips and you’ll walk away with your diet intact.
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