Most restaurants are becoming more health conscious these days. There are often different healthy options on the menu as vegetarian, low calorie options, and organic options. It is definitely possible to eat out and still lose weight. Plan ahead and follow these simple steps
Drink one glass of water before the meal. You can do this at home, or in the restaurant. The water will feel more full and help avoid over-eating. In addition, thirst can mask itself as hunger.
Stay away from the bread basket or plate of chips. If you must, have a half slice of bread with little or no butter. The bread and chips add massive amounts of high carb calories.
Take your time and enjoy your meal. Enjoy the taste and texture. By eating slowly, your body will have time to tell you when it is full.
Order a salad option with dressing on the side. If possible, ask for olive oil and vinegar. Dip your fork in the dressing and then into the salad. You still want the flavor of the dressing and less calories.
Go dessert or share with others. By sharing a dessert, you will not receive the evil stares or sarcastic remarks about your diet. You can enjoy a few spoons dessert without adding too many calories or sugar.
Tips and Warnings
Do not be too hard on yourself! If you eat too much at one meal, be sure to eat a little less the next day and burn it off with exercise.
Check out the menu online before the meal so you have a game plan.
Stay away from buffets and all you can eat restaurants.