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Dining Out

June 24, 2011  |  Leave a Comment

Eating out can be a stressful experience when you are trying to accomplish your weight loss goals. This past weekend while dining out I noted plates piled high with 3x what a healthy portion size is. In addition, some cooking styles significantly increase the overall caloric and sodium content of a meal. Isn’t dining out supposed to be enjoyable? You don’t have to cook, clean up, it is time to relax and derive pleasure from the experience of eating. You worked hard all week following a healthy regime; you don’t want to do in all your hard work.

Some helpful suggestions:

  1. Go Grilled – Avoid the fryer. Frying adds calories, fat and sodium. Anything crispy crunchy or battered – beware, it’s fried.
  2. Choose lean meats and fish. Take the skin off chicken and turkey. Go vegetarian once or twice a month.
  3. Avoid creamy sauces. Go for tomato-based sauces and soups that are water-based not cream-based.
  4. Order sauces on the side. Go grilled and ask for the sauce on the side and dab it.
  5. Sides: Stick to veggies grilled or baked, ask for sweet potato or baked potato instead of French fries, watch what you add to the potato. Sour cream and butter are loaded with fat and calories
  6. Salads: Order dressing on the side and drizzle.
  7. Veggies: For those veggies cooked in oil, like broccoli rabe or spinach, ask for no oil or light (there will still be a hint of oil).
  8. Appetizers: Do a fancy field salad or go shrimp cocktail and share.
  9. Dessert: End a meal with sorbet or fresh fruit.
  10. Bring home some food; Get another meal out of it! If you liked it for dinner you will enjoy it the next day for lunch or dinner.