A lot of your weight loss program will evolve around eating out at your local restaurants. Sometimes you’ll just be too tired to cook and other times it may be a business meal or simply a social gathering with friends. Although pleasurable, dining out can make it harder to get rid of that chubby belly and eat healthfully.
At home you are in complete control over what goes into your food and how it’s prepared. The power is often shifted to restaurant cook when you dine out. However, there are a few things you can do while still enjoying your dining experience without undermining your commitment to get rid of body fat.
Below are three tips that will assist when dining out:
Don’t hesitate to order off the menu. Many times the restaurant has exactly what you want to eat but not in the right combination. For example, if a restaurant sells eggs, you can order egg whites only. What if you’re at a restaurant where spaghetti is on the menu? You would know that they also have some olive oil, which is a healthy fat, on hand. Ask the server to have the chef grill you a boneless chicken breast in olive oil instead of butter. Most restaurants are glad to accommodate you if you’re willing to ask.
Split your dish with a dining partner. Most restaurant portions of food are ridiculously large and it seems that they are even getting bigger. Split a meal with someone at your table. Many restaurants may frown upon this and you can understand why but just offer to pay a split charge to keep everyone happy. Another alternative is to ask the waiter to reduce the portion to an appetizer size. Don’t be pressured into ordering those supersized portions and be sure to compensate your waiter or waitress by leaving a larger gratuity.
Have a healthy dessert. Opt for a bowl or cup of fresh in seasoned fruit, a little sorbet or frozen yogurt. If these items are not available then suggest going somewhere else for dessert. You may discover that your sweet tooth has left you by the time you drive or walk to the next place.