I have been trying to start a new healthy lifestyle. But I know the hardest thing about eating healthy is the times that you want to go out and eat. No one ones to be confined to the corner of their home eating salad all day. So I have been happily eating out but you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and still go out to eat. Here are my tips on how you can do so.
Pick the Low Calorie Menu
Most restaurants in this day and age have a skinny menu or a low calorie menu with some pretty good options, so opt for items on this menu over the traditional menu.
Soup and Salad
Once again a popular option at restaurant is to get a soup and salad combination. Eating salad before your meal will help fill you up faster anyway.
I have become famous for this, especially at Chinese restaurants. Often times instead of meat I will get tofu instead. Or instead of getting back potato for a side dish you can opt for a veggie like broccoli or something. Ordering a veggie burger over a regular burger or choosing a side salad over fries. Choosing a wheat bun over a white bun or baked chicken over fried chick can make all of the difference in the world.
Eating an Appetizer
This is another great option. Appetizers are typically used to eat before your meal, but replacing your whole meal with an appetizer is a great option as well. I know for me, typically eating an appetizer by myself will fill me up any way. Try not to choose something really fattening for fried though, that is counterproductive. I have gotten things like stemmed mussels or veggies rolls with rice paper.
When people go out to eat, they may get an alcoholic drink, soda, or a sugary drink. Instead of doing that, just chose to get a glass of water. It is free, calorie free, and drinking a good amount of water is a good way to lose weight.
Skip the Dessert
I know it is tempting to want to get something sweet at the end of your meal. But do not do that. Resist the urge and you will be thankful that you did.
Avoid All You Can Eat Places
When you go to Golden Corals or places that have an all you can eat buffet that is exactly what you going to do. Most people when they spend money on a buffet they go back for more than one plate which leads them to over eat, so it is best to just stay away from these places. If you must go another option to choose is to just opt for the salad bar and just fill up on salad instead.